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Mock substation spreads play safe message

A simulated electricity substation is coming to Detling this week to teach children about the potential dangers of messing around with electricity.

From Press releases - 2 May 2018 12:00 AM

UK Power Networks, which keeps the lights on in Kent via substations, power lines and cables, is taking an interactive set with a serious safety message to the Living Land schools event at Kent Showground, near Maidstone, on Thursday (May 3).

A team of safety education advisers from the company will be testing the children’s knowledge with the set, which makes a flash and a bang if people ignore yellow ‘danger of death’ warning signs and enter an electricity substation.

Safety adviser, Ros Forbes, said: “This is a safe and fun way to get the message across to people to stay away from electrical equipment such as substations and overhead lines in the countryside.

“During the spring and summer months, children are often outside enjoying leisure activities such as kite flying or fishing so our advice helps them to understand how dangerous electricity can be if it’s not treated with respect and to recognise the danger signs.

“The most important thing to do if you are taking part in such leisure activities is to look out and look up to make sure there are no overhead power lines nearby that you could accidentally come into contact with.”

Now in its 15th year, the Living Land event educates children about the countryside, farming, agriculture and healthy eating: Spaces at the free, popular show are filled in advance and the event is not open to the general public.

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.

Did you know?
• High-voltage electricity can jump across gaps - keep well clear and stay safe
• Human bodies contain 70% water and water conducts electric current really well. You could get an electric shock and might even die.
• Electricity in the home can also be dangerous if you don't respect it
• Electricity will always find the easiest path to the ground – always carry fishing rods, ladders or any other long objects horizontally
• If you are out and about enjoying recreational activities such as kite flying or fishing always remember Look Up! Look Out! Check for overhead electricity wires. Electricity can also travel through the string of a kite or carbon fishing rod.
• Electricity can kill. Don’t ignore the warning signs