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Ghosts come alive to deliver vital safety messages

Hundreds of school children from the Huntingdon area are to learn about the potential dangers of electricity next week

From Press releases - 13 June 2017 12:00 AM

A team from UK Power Networks, which owns and operates the electricity networks in the East of England, London and the South East, will be at Huntingdon Fire Station in Hartford Road, from Monday, June 19, until Friday, June 23 to deliver fun but serious safety talks.

Hundreds of ten and 11-year-olds from local primary schools will get to use UK Power Networks’ interactive story-telling “ghost box” and learn why they must not ignore ‘danger’ signs and enter electricity substation sites.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks’ safety, health and environment engagement and education adviser, said: “Over the five days we’ll be seeing hundreds of primary school children and hope to get the message across that they should stay away from electrical equipment such as substations and overhead lines.

“While we use fun interactive equipment, everyone goes away understanding how dangerous electricity can be if it’s not treated with respect, and it enables them to make the decisions that keep them safe.”

UK Power Networks runs a Power Up website to help raise awareness of these issues amongst schools and educational groups. It is aimed at students aged seven to 16 and is packed full of fun facts, quizzes, downloads and useful information and resources for teachers and parents in line with the National Curriculum.

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