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Walthamstow youngsters get a different kind of lesson

Hundreds of schoolchildren in Walthamstow will be learning from safety advisers about the dangers of not taking care around electricity.

From Press releases - 1 June 2015 12:00 AM

Hundreds of schoolchildren in Walthamstow will be learning from safety advisers about the dangers of not taking care around electricity.

Safety experts from UK Power Networks, the company which owns and maintains the electricity network in London, will use a Victorian illusion device to tell a story which urges young people to treat power cables and substations with respect.

A variety of practical safety sessions, run not only by UK Power Networks, but also emergency services and others, are taking place for about 1200 local schoolchildren at TSP Youth Space Charity, 245 Wood Street, Walthamstow, from 1-12 June.

UK Power Networks’ “ghost box” educates schoolchildren about why they should never go into electricity substations or ignore yellow danger signs. It tells a story about a boy who dies after ignoring warning signs and retrieving his ball from a substation. There are also warnings about the dangers of flying kites and carrying fishing rods near high voltage overhead electricity cables.

UK Power Networks’ lead public safety adviser, Sonya Keating said: “The whole idea of these sessions is to use new and interactive ways of capturing youngster’s imaginations and getting them involved in learning more about what is around them. 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.”

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 always find the easiest path to the ground – always carry fishing rods, ladders or any other long objects horizontally