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Ipswich schoolchildren urged to stay safe

More than a thousand youngsters from across Ipswich will enter a fake substation to demonstrate in a safe way the very real dangers of getting too close to electrical equipment.

From Press releases - 26 May 2017 12:00 AM

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Safety advisors will be on hand to educate young people about the potential dangers of electricity in ‘Crucial Crew’ events featuring a number of companies.

The team from UK Power Networks, which owns and operates the electricity networks in the East of England, London and the South East, will meet youngsters at the event in Ipswich from June 5 to 16.

Held at Hallowtree Scout Camp-site in Nacton, the venue will feature a pretend electricity substation to show children why they must not trespass inside or ignore “danger” signs.

The mock substation simulates the grim reality of what could go wrong if they ventured inside one for real and is designed to remove any lingering curiosity children may have.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks public safety and education adviser, said: “This is a safe and engaging way to get the message across to young people to stay away from electrical equipment such as substations and overhead lines.

“It helps them to understand how dangerous electricity can be if it’s not treated with respect, and it enables them to make the right decisions that keep them safe.”

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. There is also now the opportunity to sign up to receive a regular newsletter.

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