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Powerful safety lessons planned for children in the East

School children are to learn about the potential dangers of electricity at powerful but fun safety events over the next few weeks.

From Press releases - 10 May 2016 12:00 AM

School children are to learn about the potential dangers of electricity at powerful but fun safety events over the next few weeks.

A team from UK Power Networks, which owns and operates the electricity networks in the East of England, London and the South East, will be visiting three sites across the East:

• Space, in Roundtree Way, Sprowston, Norwich, from Monday, May 16, until Friday, May 20.
• St Barnabas Centre in Church Lane, Bishops Stortford, from Monday, May 16, until Friday, May 20, and
• TA Centre in London Road, Romford, from Monday, May 23, until Thursday, May 26.

Hundreds of ten and 11-year-olds from local primary schools will get to use UK Power Networks’ interactive story-telling “ghost box” and learn why they must not ignore ‘danger’ signs and enter electricity substation sites.

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 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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If you are out and 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