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Young people learning powerful safety message

Safety advisors are in Stowmarket teaching young people about the potential dangers of electricity.

From Press releases - 16 June 2014 12:00 AM

Safety advisors are in Stowmarket 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, works across the areas helping people to stay safe. They are meeting youngsters at a Crucial Crew event at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Iliffe Way.
 
The event runs from today (June 16) to next Tuesday (June 24) and the Crucial Crew scheme also involves emergency services and other safety agencies.

The company’s public safety advisers will use a large, interactive safety set with a model electricity substation and spot the dangers puzzles to demonstrate why electricity should be used safely and treated with respect. The set provides the children with an opportunity to learn the important safety messages around electricity in a fun and hands-on environment. 

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.

“Schoolchildren have become more sophisticated and now require an exciting interactive experience that will engage them, capture their imaginations and keep them involved in the learning process.

“It helps them to understand how dangerous electricity can be if it’s not used safely, and 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. Power Up is aimed at students aged five to 14 and also provides information and useful resources for teachers and parents in line with the National Curriculum.

Teaching people to stay safe around electricity is a feature of UK Power Networks’ plan for future electricity services from 2015 to 2023. UK Power Networks encourages customers to view the plan in full on its website http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/internet/en/have-your-say/business-plan/

Did you know?
• High voltage electricity can jump across gaps - it finds the easiest path to the ground
• Human bodies contain 70% water and water conducts electric current really well
• Electric current flows more easily through water than air so if you get too close to power lines or a substation, the electricity could pass through the water content of your body as it tries to find the easiest way to get to the ground. You could get an electric shock and might even die. Electricity in the home can also be dangerous if you don't respect it
Source: www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powerup