YOUNGSTERS are being urged to play safe over the summer and keep away from sites where electricity could be dangerous.
United Utilities has revealed some of the shocking examples of children risking their lives by fooling around with electricity.
In one incident a 13-year-old was burned after breaking into a sub-station to make a den.
Elsewhere, engineers were horrified to find that children were using a pylon as a rope swing and climbing frame.
The company is warning that sub-stations and overhead power lines should be avoided and treated with respect.
Lorraine Jones, public safety officer for United Utilities Electricity Services, said: “Anywhere that is locked and forbidden can look tempting to children, but interfering with sub-stations is extremely hazardous.
“Parents are asked to make sure they know where their children are and that they are always aware of the dangers of electricity.”
United Utilities urges people to look out for warning signs and keep clear of equipment marked with the yellow “danger of death” symbol.
Another potential danger area is beneath overhead power lines.
United Utilities is reminding people to look out for any overhead lines before fishing, flying kites or playing with balls or frisbees and find a safer site instead.