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Young people in Bexhill urged to stay safe

School children will be learning from safety advisers in Bexhill about the dangers of fooling around with electricity, as part of a Safety in Action Scheme.

From Press releases - 11 March 2016 12:00 AM

School children will be learning from safety advisers in Bexhill about the dangers of fooling around with electricity, as part of a Safety in Action Scheme.

UK Power Networks, which owns and operates the electricity networks in the South East, is providing a 3D street scene at Bexhill Fire Station, Beeching Road, where children can test their electricity safety knowledge, from Monday (March 14) for five days. Children use an interactive ‘wand’ to identify hazards within the scene, such as kites, fishing rods or ladders near overhead electricity lines, and are taught to be aware of “danger” signs.

Sonya Keating, UK Power Networks’ lead public safety adviser, said: “We support such events to help young people understand how dangerous electricity can be if it’s not treated with respect. It enables them to make the decisions that keep them safe.

“Fortunately, accidents are extremely rare and we want to keep it that way. This is an interesting way of getting the safety message across.”

It is one of a variety of practical safety sessions for 10 and 11-year-olds, organised and managed by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service from March 14 to 18, for 560 primary school children across Bexhill.

UK Power Networks runs a Power Up website to help raise awareness about staying safe around electricity equipment with 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
• 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 find the easiest path to the ground – always carry fishing rods, ladders or any other long objects horizontally to avoid contact with power lines

Source: www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powerup