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Powerful safety message for Eastbourne schoolchildren

Safety advisers are in Eastbourne this week with powerful but fun safety lessons for primary school children about the potential dangers of electricity.

From Press releases - 6 October 2015 12:00 AM

Safety advisers are in Eastbourne this week with powerful but fun safety lessons for primary school children about the potential dangers of electricity.

The team from UK Power Networks, which owns and operates the electricity networks in the South East, London and East Anglia, are at Devonshire Park, College Road, from today until Friday, October 9.

The company uses an interactive “wand set” to encourage the children to identify hazards such as not going into electricity substations or not ignoring “danger” signs.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks public safety and education adviser, said: “We take part in such events to help young people understand how dangerous electricity can be if it’s not treated with respect. It enables them to make the decisions that keep them safe.

“Fortunately, accidents are extremely rare but this is an interesting way of getting the safety message across.”

An interactive 3D model of a street scene lets the children spot the dangers, like kites, fishing rods and ladders near overhead lines, and suggest solutions to avoid the dangers. Each time the children find a new hazard a danger sign lights up and the children talk about the hazards.

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 primary school children.

UK Power Networks runs a Power Up website to help raise awareness about staying safe around electricity equipment with 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
• 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 find the easiest path to the ground – always carry fishing rods, ladders or any other long objects horizontally to avoid contact with power lines

Source: www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powerup