NIE issue summer electricity safety appeal

Northern Ireland Electricity repair crews work to restore power supplies in Saintfield, County Down as around 1,200 electricity customers remain without power in Northern Ireland after the region was battered by overnight storms. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 6, 2014. Gales of up to 70mph swept across the eastern counties of Down and Antrim, with more than 8,000 homes and properties losing supply as poles came down and tree branches fell on top of lines. A number of roads were closed due to downed trees and other debris. Operator Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) said around 200 faults remained on the network, mainly in coastal and isolated areas.Operator Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) said around 200 faults remained on the network, mainly in coastal and isolated areas. Emergency engineering crews were working at a number of sites to fix the breaks, with power returned to 7,000 customers.See PA story ULSTER  Rain. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland Electricity repair crews work to restore power supplies in Saintfield, County Down as around 1,200 electricity customers remain without power in Northern Ireland after the region was battered by overnight storms. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 6, 2014. Gales of up to 70mph swept across the eastern counties of Down and Antrim, with more than 8,000 homes and properties losing supply as poles came down and tree branches fell on top of lines. A number of roads were closed due to downed trees and other debris. Operator Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) said around 200 faults remained on the network, mainly in coastal and isolated areas.Operator Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) said around 200 faults remained on the network, mainly in coastal and isolated areas. Emergency engineering crews were working at a number of sites to fix the breaks, with power returned to 7,000 customers.See PA story ULSTER Rain. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) is urging young people to stay away from the electricity network.

Rachele Glendinning, NIE Safety Officer, has been visiting primary schools to deliver safety advice and wants parents to also spend some time reminding their children of the dangers of electricity.

Rachele says, “During the school holidays, as our young people head out to play, they need to know that they could be hurt or even killed if they climb pylons, go near overhead power lines or into substations.

Rachele said, “If your football, frisbee or even your pet gets inside the perimeter of a substation, don’t go anywhere near it – call our Customer Helpline on 03457 643 643 and we’ll organise for one of our engineers to retrieve it for you.”

“Tell your friends and remember to always look out for them as well.

“Also keep away from empty or derelict buildings and never climb trees or other structures or fly kites, model aircraft or drones near overhead power lines.”