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Powerful safety lessons planned for Stevenage

Safety advisers are visiting Stevenage this month with powerful but fun safety events for 10 and 11-year-olds about the potential dangers of electricity.

From Press releases - 7 September 2015 12:00 AM

Safety advisers are visiting Stevenage this month with powerful but fun safety events for 10 and 11-year-olds about the potential dangers of electricity.

The team from UK Power Networks, which owns and operates the electricity networks in the East of England, London and the South East, will be at the Bowes Lyon Centre 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” signs.

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 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