Call to stay safe with fireworks at New Year

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NEW YEAR revellers across Leeds are being urged to double check for potentially fatal dangers before setting off fireworks to bring in 2016.

Northern Powergrid is warning the city that putting on a firwork display anywhere near its overhead power lines and substations could result in serious injuries or even death.

The electricity distribution company says people should be a ‘bright spark’ and stay safe by taking a few minutes to make sure there are no potential dangers around and above where fireworks will be lit.

Geoff Earl, Northern Powergrid’s director of health, safety and environment, said: “Across our region many people will be looking to celebrate bringing in the New Year with a firework display.

“It’s always best to attend a professionally organised display if you can but there will be some people who are planning to do something of their own.

“We want them to take the time to look for a safe place away from our overhead power lines or substations before they start their display as interfering with the electricity network can be dangerous. By taking these extra precautions they can ensure they have a great evening and start 2016 safely. ”

Northern Powergrid delivers electricity to 3.9 million homes and businesses across Yorkshire, the North East and northern Lincolnshire. Its network consists of more than 61,000 substations, 29,000 kilometres of overhead line and 62,000 kilometres of underground cable,

To report any safety concerns to Northern Powergrid call 0800 375 675 (Yorkshire) or visit Facebook and Twitter @NorthPowergrid.