SSEN urges communities to be aware of overhead power lines this weekend

Image shows bonfire built beside SSEN's power lines in Shetland

Image caption: Unlit bonfire built beside SSEN's power lines in Sumburgh, Shetland

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is urging everyone celebrating Bonfire Night this weekend to be aware of its overhead equipment and to avoid letting off rockets and building bonfires near power lines.

This safety warning comes after an unlit bonfire was found next to SSEN’s power lines in Sumburgh, Shetland in preparation for this weekend’s celebrations.

Ian Crawley, Networks Operational Safety Manager at SSEN, said:

“We want everyone to enjoy this special time of year. Fireworks and bonfires are a traditional autumn activity and we are keen to help make sure it’s a safe and enjoyable one for all. When you’re planning your bonfire and fireworks this weekend, please do so in the daylight so you can get a good idea of what is in the immediate vicinity, both on the ground and overhead. Please look up, look out and avoid building bonfires close to our equipment or under our overhead lines.

“Remember, fireworks these days are very powerful and can travel very far. We want everyone to be aware they have the potential to strike one of our overhead power lines or land in a substation. Not only could this damage electrical equipment and cause power cuts in your local community, but stray fireworks can also cause serious injuries to spectators and passers-by.

“As a responsible network operator, we want to ensure our communities are armed with this vital safety information to allow them to enjoy Bonfire Night this year.”

SSEN is encouraging customers to report power cuts and damage to SSEN’s equipment by calling 105, the emergency power cut number.

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.7 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.

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