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Suffolk school children urged to stay safe

Next week is national Child Safety Week* and safety advisors will be out and about teaching young people about the potential dangers of electricity.

From Press releases - 26 May 2015 12:00 AM

Next week is national Child Safety Week* and safety advisors will be out and about teaching young people 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, are meeting youngsters at Crucial Crew events at the Hallowtree Scout Camp in Nacton, Ipswich, from June 1 to June 12, and at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Iliffe Way, Stowmarket, from June 15 to June 23.

Both events feature a pretend electricity substation to explain to the children why they must not go into them or ignore “danger” signs. The mock substation simulates what could happen if a person did go into a real substation and provides the children with puzzles and spot the danger activities.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks public safety and education adviser, said: “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 lines.

“It helps them to understand 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.

Did you know?
• High-voltage electricity can jump across gaps - keep well clear and stay safe
• Human bodies contain 70% water and water conducts electric current really well. You could get an electric shock and might even die.
• Electricity in the home can also be dangerous if you don't respect it
• Electricity will always find the easiest path to the ground – always carry fishing rods, ladders or any other long objects horizontally
• If you are out an 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