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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Distribution (SSEN) is urging its customers to report any damage they may see to the electricity network, and to stay safe around fallen or damaged power lines.

SSEN is asking members of the public to remain safe around its electricity infrastructure following reports of an incident where fallen, high voltage overhead power lines were moved across a main road by an individual.

The network operator is reminding everyone of the dangers associated with its overhead lines, underground cables and substations, and is encouraging people to stay safe and report unusual situations to 105.

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Martin Bowen, Operational Safety Advisor at SSEN, said:

“We are urging our customers and communities to be vigilant and report damage to the network as soon as possible, as lines even operating at low voltage can prove fatal in these circumstances.

“This incident could have had very serious consequences. While the customer may have felt they were doing the right thing by moving the line out of the way, it could easily have proven fatal for the individual concerned. We’d like to remind everyone never to assume electrical equipment is dead and to remember a circuit may be switched back on automatically at any time.

“We’d urge everyone to avoid approaching damaged or fallen power lines, keep at least five metres away, and report incidents immediately by calling us on 105.”

SSEN’s customers can call 105 to report power cuts as well as damage to electricity power lines, substations or equipment that could put themselves, or someone else, in danger. Damage can also be reported through SSEN’s Power Track app.

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In a safety emergency, dial 999 and ask for the police who will contact SSEN directly.

Things to look out for:

• Damaged or fallen power lines
• Damage to, or interference with, electricity substations
• Vehicles or construction activities too close to power lines
• Damaged or exposed electricity cables
• Trees too close to power lines or substations

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