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Ghosts bring alive vital safety message for West London children

Safety advisors will be in West London next week teaching young people about the potential dangers of electricity.

From Press releases - 27 September 2017 12:00 PM

Hundreds of youngsters from across Kensington and Chelsea will get a ghostly lesson to learn in a safe way the very real dangers of getting too close to electrical equipment.

Safety advisors from UK Power Networks, which owns and operates the electricity network in London, the East of England and the South East, will be educating young people about the potential dangers of electricity in a Junior Citizens event featuring a number of companies.

The team will be at Linford Christie Stadium, from Monday, October 2 until Friday October 6.

The specially designed 'ghost box' story-telling device, which features transparent, ghostly images will teach young people about the dangers of messing about with electricity.

The stories include one about a boy who ignores warning signs and retrieves his ball from a substation, plus the dangers of climbing trees or carrying fishing rods near power lines

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks' safety, health and environment engagement and education adviser, said: “Over the five days we’ll be seeing hundreds of primary school children and hope to get the message across that they 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 has a Power Up website to raise awareness of the safety issues. It is aimed at young people aged between seven and 16 and has facts, quizzes, downloads and resources for teachers and parents in line with the National Curriculum.

Did you know?

  • High-voltage electricity can jump across gaps - keep well clear
  • Human bodies contain 70% water and water conducts electric current really well. Ignoring the danger signs could result in an electric shock or death.
  • If you are kite flying or fishing Look Up! Look Out! Check for overhead electricity wires
  • Electricity will always find the easiest path to the ground – always carry fishing rods, ladders or any other long objects horizontally
  • There's a freephone number 105 to get through to your local network operator which runs the cables and power lines delivering electricity to your area, if you have a power cut.

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For further information or an interview with a safety advisor, please contact UK Power Networks press office on 0330 159 1712.

Notes to editors:

UK Power Networks is the country's biggest electricity distributor, making sure that the lights stay on for more than eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England.

Network operators aren't the same as energy suppliers; network operators manage local power lines and substations, while energy suppliers sell the electricity that runs through the power lines.

UK Power Networks is the first electricity distributor to be named in the Sunday Times' Top 30 Best Companies to Work For, and made industry history by becoming first company to win Utility of the Year two years running (2015 and 2016, also 2012).

The company invests more than £500 million in its electricity networks every year, offers extra help to vulnerable customers at times of need, and is undertaking trials to ensure that electricity networks support the transition to a low carbon future. It also moves cables and connects new electricity supplies. If you have a power cut ring 105, see www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk or tweet us @UKPNnews