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Fun safety events at county shows

Safety advisers are going to be out and about at county shows in Norfolk and Peterborough next week with powerful but fun safety events about the potential dangers of electricity.

From Press releases - 22 June 2017 12:00 AM

The team from UK Power Networks, which owns and operates the electricity networks in the East of England, London and the South East, will have a marquee at the Royal Norfolk Show next Wednesday and Thursday (June 28 and 29). The public will have the chance to try their hand at spotting electrical dangers on an interactive model and chat to the team about working safely around electricity.

They will then move on to the Kids Country Festival in Peterborough on Friday, June 30, where hundreds of school children will have the opportunity enter a mock substation and learn about being safe around electrical equipment and overhead lines.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks public safety and education adviser, said: “We’ll be seeing thousands of adults and children at these events and hope to get the message across that whether you are at work or at play, you should stay away from electrical equipment such as substations and overhead lines.

“While we use fun interactive equipment, everyone goes away understanding how dangerous electricity can be if it’s not treated with respect, and it enables them to make the decisions that keep them safe.”

UK Power Networks runs a Power Up website to help raise awareness of these issues amongst schools and educational groups. It is aimed at students aged seven to 16 and is packed full of fun facts, quizzes, downloads and useful information and resources for teachers and parents in line with the National Curriculum.

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Source: www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powerup