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Electrical safety message for Ipswich youngsters

UK Power Networks teams will be on hand at an education event in Ipswich starting next week to show youngsters how to stay safe around the electricity network.

From Press releases - 30 May 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 the East of England, London and the South East, will be part of a two-week long Crucial Crew event.

This starts next Monday (June 4) running until Friday 15 June at the Hallowtree Scout Activity Centre in Nacton with more than 1,000 school pupils scheduled to attend.

Those visiting will meet the power firm’s education advisers who will use a pretend electricity substation to explain to the children why they must not go into electricity substations or ignore ‘danger’ signs.

UK Power Networks’ education adviser Ros Forbes said: “We get the safety message across to youngsters to stay away from electrical equipment such as substations and overhead lines in a safe and fun way at events like these.

“During the spring and summer months, children are often outside enjoying activities such as kite flying or fishing so we help them to understand how dangerous electrical equipment can be if it’s not treated with respect and to recognise the danger signs.

“The most important thing to do is to look out and look up to make sure there are no overhead power lines nearby that you could accidentally come into contact with.”

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 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 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.