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Powerful safety lesson for Crawley schoolchildren

Hundreds of school children in Crawley will be learning from safety advisers about the dangers of fooling around with electricity.

From Press releases - 10 September 2015 12:00 AM

Hundreds of school children in Crawley will be learning from safety advisers about the dangers of fooling around with electricity.

The team from UK Power Networks, which owns and operates the electricity networks in the South East, London and East of England, will be at the Hawth Theatre for a fortnight from next week (September 14-25).

Staff will be using an interactive “ghost box” storytelling device to explain why youngsters must not go into electricity substations or ignore “danger of death” signs. There are also warnings about the dangers of flying kites and carrying fishing rods near high voltage overhead electricity cables.

It will be one of a variety of practical safety sessions for 10 and 11-year-olds, run by the emergency services and others, for over 1,200 school children from 21 primary schools.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks public safety and education adviser, said: “Over the next two weeks 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