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Ghosts bring alive vital safety message in Maidstone

Hundreds of youngsters from across the Maidstone area will get a ghostly lesson about the dangers of getting too close to electrical equipment.

From Press releases - 30 May 2018 12:00 AM

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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.

The electricity safety lesson will be delivered by a UK Power Networks’ safety adviser supported by volunteers as part of ‘Maidstone Safety in Action’ event for over 1,500 pupils from 37 schools, organised by Salus Group at Invicta Barracks, Maidstone, from June 4 to 15.

The youngsters will be taking part in a range of fun activities with a serious message from a variety of organisations including British Transport Police, PCSO’s, RNLI, KCC road safety, Salus, Kenward House Trust, Kent Fire and Rescue, Emergency Life Support and the Royal Engineers.

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.

“The short, realistic scenarios, 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.”

Sally Williamson, Director of Salus, said: “Through various scenarios the event is designed to help pupils safely explore some of the dangers they may face as they become more independent and move on to secondary schools.”

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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