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Safety lessons come to Kent County Show

Families can test their safety knowledge when they are tempted to retrieve a football from an electricity substation model at Kent County Show in Detling.

From Press releases - 28 June 2017 12:00 AM

UK Power Networks specially-designed set makes a flash and a bang when people ignore yellow ‘danger of death’ warning signs, instead of ringing 105 and requesting free help from the experts.

With the busy summer season in full swing, when more people work and play outdoors, UK Power Networks’ safety education teams are out in force, reminding people how to remain safe around vital electrical equipment. The company which owns and maintains cables, substations and power lines that keep Kent’s lights on, will use the pretend electricity substation at the show from July 7 to 9 to show what can go wrong.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks safety adviser, said: “Electricity is of course incredibly useful, but it can be dangerous if it’s not treated with respect. This is a safe and fun way to get the message across to people to stay away from electrical equipment such as substations and overhead power lines in the countryside.

“During the summer months, more people are outside enjoying leisure activities such as kite flying, fishing, boating, ballooning and paragliding in the summer weather. The risks of playing near overhead power lines and substations are not always obvious when people are absorbed in their leisure pursuits or work. Our advice helps them to understand how dangerous electricity can be if it is not treated with respect and to recognise the danger signs.

“Whatever activities you are enjoying this summer our advice is to look out and look up to make sure there are no overhead power lines nearby that you could accidentally come into contact with. We meet thousands of young people every year and we know the messages stay with them a long time, keeping them safe.”

UK Power Networks has a dedicated safety education team that spend time working with children, farmers, the construction industry, trades people and leisure groups alerting them to the potential dangers of electrical equipment and how to avoid them by following a few simple precautions.

The company reached nearly one million people with its safety messages last year with important advice, particularly at a time when more people are enjoying the outdoors.

UK Power Networks has created a Power Up website to help raise awareness of electricity safety among 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. See http://powerup.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powerup/en/