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Electrical safety message for Barking and Dagenham youngsters

UK Power Networks volunteers will be on hand at a three-week education event in Barking and Dagenham, to show thousands of youngsters how to stay safe around the electricity network.

From Press releases - 15 June 2018 12:00 AM

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The company which owns and maintains the overhead lines, underground cables and substations which distribute electricity to eight million customers across London, the South East and East Anglia, will use a pretend electricity substation to explain to the children why they must not go into electricity substations or ignore ‘danger’ signs.

The electricity safety lessons from UK Power Networks will be delivered as part of a ‘Junior Citizens’ event at the TA Centre, 312 London Road, Romford from June 4 to 22. The youngsters will be taking part in a range of fun activities with a serious message from a variety of organisations including the Met Police, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service, Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Transport for London.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks’ public safety and education adviser, said: “We want to get the message across to young people that they should stay away from electrical equipment such as substations and overhead lines.

“We use short, realistic scenarios, which help them to understand how dangerous electricity can be if it’s not treated with respect, and recognise the danger signs to enable them to make the decisions that keep them safe.”

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.

Staff are given two paid days a year to do voluntary work, and take part in the education days as volunteers.

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 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.