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Bury St Edmunds schoolchildren urged to be bright sparks and learn electricity lessons

Schoolchildren in Bury St Edmunds will be spotting electrical hazards in a model street scene as part of a safety event with volunteers from an electricity company.

From Press releases - 28 June 2017 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks’ safety game lets children discover 12 dangers using a ‘magic wand’ to test their electricity safety knowledge. A light comes on each time they point out a new hazard within the scene, such as kites, fishing rods or ladders near overhead electricity lines.

The company, which keeps the lights on in the East of England, will also be teaching children to be aware of the ‘danger’ signs they see on the company’s electricity substations and power lines and to Look Up! Look Out! to avoid any contact with the equipment.

The interactive game is part of a council-organised St Edmundsbury Crucial Crew event for more than 800 pupils from 31 different schools which runs from 6 July to 14 July at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.

The youngsters will be taking part in a whole range of fun activities with a serious message from a variety of organisations.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks 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. The street scene we use provides an interactive way of getting the safety message across.”

UK Power Networks has a Power Up website to raise awareness of the safety issues. It is aimed at young people aged between seven and 16 and has facts, quizzes, downloads and resources for teachers and parents in line with the National Curriculum. There is also now the opportunity to sign up to receive a regular newsletter.

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

105 is a new free number you can call if you have a power cut, to get through to your local network operator which runs the cables and power lines delivering electricity to your area.