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Victorian illusion spreads electricity safety message

A Victorian illusion will teach schoolchildren about the dangers of electricity as part of a safety scheme backed by Kent’s electricity distributor, UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 14 April 2014 12:00 AM

A Victorian illusion will teach schoolchildren about the dangers of electricity as part of a safety scheme backed by Kent’s electricity distributor, UK Power Networks.

Hundreds of youngsters will have a chance to see the interactive ghost box at David Salomons Estate, Broomhill Road, Tunbridge Wells, from April 23 to May 7.

About 1,000 children from 36 schools are invited to come along to the events through their schools. The sessions involve safety talks from a variety of safety agencies.

UK Power Networks, which keeps the lights on in the county, uses a Victorian illusion device to help tell stories which show children why they should never go into electricity substations or ignore danger signs. They include a story about a boy who ignores warning signs and retrieves his ball from a substation but is electrocuted. There are also warnings about the dangers of flying kites and carrying fishing rods near high voltage power lines.

UK Power Networks education adviser Rosalind Forbes said: “Schoolchildren have become more sophisticated and now require an exciting device that will engage them, capture their imaginations and keep them involved in the learning process. Our ghost box models were specially made for us and, using an old music hall technique involving semi-silvered mirrors, give the impression of the ghosts’ heads floating in front of a street scene.

“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.”

Any school or educational group that would like to increase awareness of electricity among pupils should contact UK Power Networks’ education team through the Power Up website.

The Power Up website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powerup is aimed at students aged five to 14 and also provides electricity safety information and useful resources for teachers and parents in line with the National Curriculum.