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
- 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.
When fishing, take precautions and remember the following:
- always look out and look up for overhead lines before rods are assembled.
- do not estimate the heights and distances of overhead lines from the ground
- fish at least 30 metres (100ft) horizontally away from all overhead lines.
- ensure visible safety signs have been erected if you own or lease fishing waters available where overhead lines are present.
- tell children never to fish near overhead lines as they may not be able to calculate the distance required.
See below for our safety leaflets for anglers: