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Ghosts bring alive vital safety message

Youngsters in Tunbridge Wells will get a ghostly lesson next week about the dangers of getting too close to electrical equipment.

From Press releases - 7 April 2016 12:00 AM

Youngsters in Tunbridge Wells will get a ghostly lesson next week about the dangers of getting too close to electrical equipment.

UK Power Networks staff will deliver vital safety messages using a specially-designed ‘ghost box’ story-telling device which features transparent, ghostly images telling the real 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 lesson is part of a Safety in Action event for 1,500 year six children from 55 schools across Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Malling and Sevenoaks, organised by Salus at Salomons Centre, Southborough, from April 12 to 26.

The youngsters will be taking part in a whole range of fun activities with a serious message from a variety of organisations including UK Power Networks staff, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent Police, RNLI, Kent County Council, Kent Community Rail Partnership and Heartstart, South East Coast.

Clorise Duporte, UK Power Networks public safety and education adviser, said: “Our advisers 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 advisor for Salus, said: “Once again we are pleased to be able to offer the children of West Kent the opportunity to engage with the many agencies and organisations who support Safety In Action to provide the valuable safety messages for the children. This really is a ‘life-long learning’ experience for them.”

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