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Angling safety


Every year cases are reported of angling equipment contacting overhead power lines.  Some of these have resulted in horrific burn injuries, a number resulting in death.  These could have been avoided if anglers were aware of the dangers and fished safely away from overhead power lines.

Fishing rods and poles made from carbon fibre and similar materials will conduct electricity.  Many other materials will allow electricity to flow along them when they are wet.  At higher voltages electricity may jump short distances through the air.


Top 5 tips on angling safety

1. Lethal electric currents can pass through almost all fishing rods and poles - unpack, set up and put away your rod at the water's edge. 

2. Keep a careful look out for overhead power lines and keep well away. 

3. Observe warning signs and instructions, even in the car park or at the roadside. 

4. Tell the fishery owner of any dangerous situations or near misses that you see. 

5. If you see a fishing line tangled on overhead power lines, do not attempt to remove it. Report it to Western Power Distribution by calling 105 or 0800 6783 105.

Reference Guide

More information on angling safety can be found using the following links:

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Ballooning safety
Camping safety
Drone safety
Farming safety
Sailing safety


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