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Electrical safety message for Stowmarket youngsters

UK Power Networks teams will be on hand in Stowmarket next week to show youngsters how to stay safe around the electricity network.

From Press releases - 15 June 2018 12:00 AM

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The company 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.

The electricity safety lesson from UK Power Networks will be delivered as part of a ‘Crucial Crew’ event to be held at ‘The Mix’ in Ipswich Street, Stowmarket from Monday 18 June to Tuesday 26 June.

Around 1,100 pupils from about 50 schools in the town and around the mid-Suffolk region will be taking part in a range of fun activities with a serious message.
UK Power Networks, which keeps the lights on in the area, uses a specially-designed ‘ghost box’ story-telling device which features transparent, ghostly images to teach young people about the dangers of messing about with electricity.

The stories include one about a boy who ignores warning signs and retrieves his ball from a substation, plus the dangers of climbing trees or carrying fishing rods near power lines.

UK Power Networks’ education adviser, Ros Forbes, said: “This provides us with a safe and fun way to get the safety message across to youngsters to stay away from electrical equipment such as substations and overhead lines.

“We 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. 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.