approach and contact ESB Networks immediately
on 1850 372 999. This is very important, especially
when it is dark, so always be aware of where there
are wires on your land and be prepared.
overhead and a transformer. The wires were lying
across the cab of the tractor. There is a video called
`Farm Accident - A lucky Escape' which describes a
similar accident and the precautions you must take,
including keeping everyone else away from the cab
and not touching the cab as you exit. Contact ESB
switched o to replace the pole and stay, which
caused a lot of inconvenience to neighbouring
anything to ESB fences because they can become
live. That is why all ESB equipment carries the
`Danger Keep Away' safety sign.
an electric shock. Never
of 6 metres, measured from each side of the outer
of fallen wires. When hedge-cutting, please remember
to watch out for concealed parts of the pole and the
stay wire. Always clear away from near the pole by
hand. If there are trees near wires, contact ESB Networks
because it may be necessary to switch out the power
line before the trees or hedge can be cut safely.
There have been too many incidents with tree felling
where people have received serious electric shocks
when the wires fell on them; so don't take the chance.
Instead contact ESB Networks in good time so that we
can organise to visit the site and remember if the line has
to be switched out, we must notify customers 10 days in
advance of switching o the power.
There has been a worrying increase in metal theft so be
aware of the possibility of low lying or fallen wires on
your land. You may not see them in time.
The key safety message is to always keep a safe distance
from electricity wires, at least three metres. Please
remember that electricity wires are always live and never
safe to approach or touch.
Also, at this time of year, check that your RCD/trip-
switch is working by pushing the `test' button, and
re-setting afterwards. This is an important safety
device, located at Your electricity board; it operates to
disconnect supply when a fault with your equipment
In an emergency or where you have a safety concern
involving the electricity network, contact ESB Networks