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Tents and Caravans

Read our leaflet about avoiding danger when camping and caravanning

Camping and caravan sites

Never enter electrical substations located at camping and caravan sites.

Tell the site manager or owner of any dangerous electrical hazard you come across.

Pitching safely

On unmanaged sites, remember to keep a distance of at least 6 metres horizontally between where you pitch and overhead electric power lines and remember the following.

  • Tent and awning poles made of metal, carbon fibre or similar materials will conduct electricity, especially when wet.
  • At higher voltages, electricity may jump short distances through the air.

Electrical safety signs

  • Look out for overhead power line warning notices and signs prohibiting camping in certain areas of the site.
  • Power lines normally have yellow notices fitted to the poles.
  • Stay away from anything which looks as though it may be electrical.

Emergency electricity situations

In an emergency situation, do not attempt to move camping equipment or a person if they are still in contact with a power line and prevent third parties from enetering an incident area.


If in doubt, always contact your local electricity company emergency service so that the line can be made safe.

If you are in the North West, contact Electricity North West immediately on 0800 195 4141.

Precautions for site managers

As an owner or operator you have legal duties to ensure the safety of campers using your site.

You can fulfil your duties by:

Do not put yourself in any situation in which you may be in danger yourself. If in doubt, contact us.

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.