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Ghosts bring alive vital safety message in Epsom

Youngsters in Epsom will get a ghostly lesson this week from UK Power Networks’ apprentices about the dangers of getting too close to electrical equipment.

From Press releases - 8 March 2017 12:00 AM

A team of electrical trainees 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 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.

The electricity safety lesson will be delivered as part of a Junior Citizen event for 1,156 10 and 11 year old children from primary schools across Epsom and Ewell and Mole Valley, organised by Child Safety Media at Epsom Downs Racecourse, from March 6 to 17.

The youngsters will be taking part in a whole range of fun activities with a serious message from a variety of organisations including Surrey Police, the RNLI, Blue Cross for Pets, CSH Surrey (School Nurses) and Surrey Fire & Rescue Service.

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.”

Dan Boneham, Director of Child Safety Media, who deliver child safety events across the UK, said: “Unintentional injury causes more children to be admitted to hospital each year than any other reason. Many injuries and accidents can be avoided and events like this are vital in helping children develop the necessary skills to keep them safe and protect them from harm.”
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.

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

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