South Yorkshire children urged to stay safe over half-term

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Parents in South Yorkshire are being urged to remind their children of the dangers of electricity during February half-term.

The advice is being given by Northern Powergrid, which said youngsters should be warned of the dangers of climbing pylons and playing near overhead power lines or substations.

Geoff Earl, director of safety at Northern Powergrid, said: “We don’t want to stop children having fun during their half term holiday, but we are urging them to play safe.

“Interfering with the electricity network, accidentally or otherwise, can prove fatal, and we’re appealing to parents and guardians to spend some time talking to their children about the dangers of power lines and substations.

“Electricity wires, pylons and substations are located across the region and youngsters need to be vigilant and avoid playing in the vicinity of any of these hazardous things. Following simple advice and being aware may save a life.”