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Safety advice for anglers

If you are an angler, avoid putting yourself in danger and do not fish too close to the overhead electricity network.

Rods and fishing poles

Please remember:

  • many rods and fishing poles made of metal, carbon fibre or similar materials will conduct electricity.
  • many other materials, such as nylon line, will allow electricity to flow along them when wet.
  • at higher voltages electricity may jump short distances through the air.
  • power lines normally have yellow 'Danger of Death' notices fitted to the poles or metal towers.
  • wooden poles can often be dangerously mistaken for telephone wires. 
  • treat all lines as electric power lines and consider dangerous.

Electricity warning signs

Look out for overhead power line warning notices prohibiting fishing in certain areas.

Although we make every effort to display signs, it is possible for some to be covered due to overgrown vegetation or vandalism which may affect visibility.

Fishing precautions

When fishing, take precautions and remember the following:

Safety leaflets

See below for our safety leaflets for anglers:

Are you a priority customer?

We appreciate that some customers have additional requirements and may have circumstances where a priority service is needed for a variety of reasons.

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Knowledge centre

Find answers to questions about Electricity North West, including details on electricity connections, power cuts and general enquiries.

Check out frequently asked questions and our user guides.

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Major incident

Engineers are working to restore power to properties after severe flooding in Lancashire and Rochdale.

We are doing everything we can to restore power and we'll update you regularly on our news section and TwitterFor emergencies, please call us on 0800 195 4141.