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Powerful safety message for Lewes district schoolchildren

Schoolchildren will be learning about staying safe around electricity in Newhaven this week.

From Press releases - 20 May 2014 12:00 AM

Schoolchildren will be learning about staying safe around electricity in Newhaven this week.

Dedicated safety advisers from UK Power Networks, the company which keeps the lights on in Sussex, are teaching 11-year-old school children at a Safety in Action event at Newhaven Fort.

The multi-agency safety event from Monday to Friday (May 19-23) has been coordinated by Lewes District Council and involves the emergency services and other organisations sharing useful safety lessons with youngsters. Twenty-five schools are taking part from across the district.

The electricity company’s safety team uses an interactive 3D model of a street scene to demonstrate the potential dangers of getting too close to electricity. The ‘hands on’ model gives the children the opportunity to identify any dangers they may find such as kites, fishing rods and ladders near overhead lines, and discuss the best way to avoid the dangers.

Sonya Keating, UK Power Networks lead public safety adviser, said: “Fortunately accidents are rare but this is an exciting way of getting the safety message across.

“It helps them to understand how dangerous electricity can be if it’s not treated with respect and also recognise the danger signs to enable them to make the decisions that keep them safe.”

Tony Still, senior environmental health officer at Lewes District Council, said: “Children from 25 primary schools across the district are able to test their skills in realistic hazardous and emergency situations during the ‘Safety in Action Week’. It’s a fantastic event that we know the children really enjoy and they go away armed with the knowledge to help keep them safe.”

UK Power Networks has a dedicated Power Up website to urge young people to stay safe around electricity. It is aimed at young people aged between seven and 16 and has facts, quizzes, downloads and useful resources for teachers and parents in line with the National Curriculum.