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Electrical safety message for Suffolk youngsters at Ipswich fair

UK Power Networks teams will be on hand at the School Farm and Country Fair in Ipswich to show youngsters how to stay safe around the electricity network.

From Press releases - 6 April 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 have a stand at the event on Thursday 19 April.

Thousands of school children in year groups three and four from across Suffolk are expected to attend the event at Trinity Park in Ipswich.

Those visiting the UK Power Networks stand 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: “This event 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.

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

“The most important thing to do if you are taking part in such activities 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.

Recently released figures showed that more than 40,000 people attended safety events that UK Power Networks were a part of during the past year, the highest figure yet.