ANGLERS using Keighley’s waterways are being warned about the dangers of overhead power lines.

Northern Powergrid says anyone going fishing should check what’s above them before casting.

The company has produced a free information guide as part of a Look up it’s Live campaign, launched to coincide with National Fishing Month.

It says fishing rods and poles made from carbon fibre and similar materials will conduct electricity.

At higher voltages electricity can jump short distances through the air, so angling equipment does not have to actually touch an overhead power line to cause a potentially-fatal electric shock.

Geoff Earl, Northern Powergrid’s director of safety, health and environment, said: “National Fishing Month provides us with a great opportunity to reach out to anglers and help them stay safe while enjoying their hobby.

“We also want those who may be trying it for the first time to be aware of the dangers and get off to the best possible start.

“It’s crucial that anglers always check their surroundings for overhead lines and only set-up once they’re sure it’s safe to do so. They should also pack-up their rod by the water and never walk with it.”

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