Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) has issued a strong safety warning to communities to keep bonfires a safe distance from overhead lines and substations.
An NIE spokesperson said: “In recent years, bonfires have been erected under or close to high voltage electricity lines.
“This is a very dangerous practice as the smoke and heat from bonfires can cause electrical arcing and sparking, and in some cases lines may be brought down by the fire. Bonfire debris and flames anywhere near power lines and electricity substations are a serious risk to everyone’s safety and wellbeing.
“Bonfires also need to be kept clear of hidden hazards, such as trees which might have electricity lines running close to them. Electricity can jump gaps so you don’t need to come into direct contact with live equipment to risk electrocution.”
If you are concerned about safety around the electricity network in your area, please contact NIE on 03457 643 643 or visit nie.co.uk for more advice.