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Powerful but fun safety lessons planned for CAMJAM 2015

Safety advisers and volunteers from UK Power Networks will be on hand to provide powerful but fun safety messages to the thousands of scouts and guides at this year’s CAMJAM.

From Press releases - 10 August 2015 12:00 AM

Safety advisers and volunteers from UK Power Networks will be on hand to provide powerful but fun safety messages to the thousands of scouts and guides at this year’s CAMJAM.

Youngsters from all over the UK and as far afield as the United States and Israel will be descending on Huntingdon Racecourse for the week-long event.

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 jamboree on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week (17th, 18th and 19th).

Inside the youngsters will have the chance to enter a mock substation and learn about being safe around electrical equipment and overhead lines. There will also be an interactive “ghost box” storytelling model to explain why people must not go into electricity substations or ignore the “danger of death” signs.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks public safety and education adviser, said: “We’re really looking forward to engaging with thousands of scouts and guides over the three days we’re at CAMJAM. We hope to get the message across that 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.

Did you know?
High-voltage electricity can jump across gaps - keep well clear and stay safe
Human bodies contain 70% water and water conducts electric current really well. You could get an electric shock and might even die.
Electricity in the home can also be dangerous if you don't respect it
Electricity will always find the easiest path to the ground – always carry fishing rods, ladders or any other long objects horizontally
If you are out an about enjoying recreational activities such as kite flying or fishing always remember Look Up! Look Out! Check for overhead electricity wires
Electricity can kill. Don’t ignore the warning signs

Source: www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powerup