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Ghosts bring alive vital safety message for Norwich youngsters

More than a thousand youngsters from across South Norfolk will be taught about the dangers of getting too close to electrical equipment.

From Press releases - 15 September 2017 12:00 PM

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More than a thousand youngsters from across Norwich will be taught about the dangers of getting too close to electrical equipment during a week-long event at the Norfolk Showground next week.

A team of employees from UK Power Networks, will use 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 haunting tales 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.

The electricity safety lesson from UK Power Networks will be delivered as part of a ‘Crucial Crew’ event at the Dereham Road site in Norwich from Monday 18 September to Friday 22 September. UK Power Networks staff take part during their two paid volunteer days a year.

An expected 1,163 pupils from 23 Norwich schools will be taking part in a range of fun activities with a serious message from a variety of organisations headed by the Norfolk Fire Service

UK Power Networks 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

Ros Forbes, its public safety and education adviser, said: “We want to get the message across to young people that they must 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.”

Gosia Zielinska, a community safety adviser for Norfolk Fire Service said: “This is our 64th Crucial Crew event since they started in 2003 and more than 54,909 pupils from Norfolk have attended.

“Schools return year after year because they see the benefits of a fantastic multi-agency project. We often receive letters from children telling us how much they have enjoyed the experience.

“As for the Norwich city area, it is our 14th event for Norwich schools and after this year’s event a total of 13,640 pupils will have been educated at Crucial Crews.”

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.