KEIGHLEY parents are being urged to help get the electricity safety message across to their children.

Northern Powergrid is encouraging parents to spend just five minutes chatting to youngsters about the dangers of playing near the power network.

“It’s vital that young people are reminded of the dangers of power lines and substations and understand that interfering – accidentally or otherwise – with any part of our electricity network could potentially prove fatal,” said Geoff Earl, for Northern Powergrid.

“We’re asking all parents and guardians to spend just a few minutes chatting with their children about the potential hazards so that they know what to do should they see anything hanging from our power lines, or they accidentally kick a ball into one of our substations.

“Retrieving items themselves could ultimately prove fatal. If you spot anything potentially unsafe, call 105 and we’ll send out an emergency response team to help.”