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Ghosts bring alive vital safety message in Tunbridge Wells

Hundreds of youngsters from across the West Kent area will get a ghostly lesson from UK Power Networks’ staff about the dangers of getting too close to electrical equipment

From Press releases - 8 May 2017 12:00 AM

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A team of electricity employees, volunteering from various departments at 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 ‘Safety in Action’ event for 1,500 year group six children from 58 primary schools from the Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge and Malling areas, organised by Salus Group at Salomons Centre, Broomhill Road, Southborough, from May 15 to 26.

The youngsters will be taking part in a range of fun activities with a serious message from a variety of organisations including Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, RNLI, Kent County Council, British Transport Police, Hopkins+ (Hearst Start South East Coast) and Kenward Trust.
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.”

Martin Carter, projects adviser for Salus said: “These events provide a lifelong learning experience for the children. Electricity is just one of the subjects the children will learn about during their visit. We are grateful for the continued support of UK Power Networks and the other agencies present, without whom we could not hold Safety In Action.”
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

105 is a new 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.