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New challenge for Scout badge helps build safe and resilient communities

Thousands of Scouts across the UK will help to make their local communities safer and more resilient through a new national partnership with the UK’s biggest electricity distributor.

From Press releases - 22 March 2019 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to 8.3 million homes, businesses, hospitals and schools across London, the East and South East, has teamed up with the Scouts to partner the local knowledge badge which brings electricity safety advice, and help for vulnerable households, home to thousands of people.

Scouts can earn their Local Knowledge Badge by learning how to stay safe around electricity substations and cables, and by increasing local awareness of the free help available to those in the community who rely on electricity. The new partnership builds on UK Power Networks industry-leading safety performance.

Peter Vujanic, head of safety at UK Power Networks, said: “We are really excited about this new partnership which will give thousands of young people skills for life to keep them safe around the electricity network and create stronger communities. Last year alone we delivered electricity safety advice to over 350,000 people.”

Simon Carter from the Scout Association, said: “The Scouts who gain the Local Knowledge badge will have developed another set of skills for life. They will be better equipped to keep themselves safe and help others in their community stay safe.

“At a time when UK Power Networks is developing smart grids to enable the younger generation to enjoy a low carbon future, we are looking forward to the next generation of Scouts developing into energy efficiency and safety ambassadors in their local communities. It is one of the great strengths of the Scouting movement that they work hard to build stronger communities.”

UK Power Networks employees, who are also Scout Leaders, helped design the activity resources and will be trialing the new challenges with their local Scout groups which include 25th Ealing, Thurston and Rendlesham Scout Groups. In one of the challenges to earn the new badge, Scouts can design a poster promoting their local network operator’s free Priority Services Register.

Currently 1.6 million households are registered on UK Power Networks’ register to receive free extra help and advice in the event of a power cut in London, the South East and East of England. Scouts will be inviting people in their community to sign the register, and spreading the word at community venues such as GP surgeries.

Anyone on the register can receive additional help, support and advice during a power cut, including pensioners, families with young children and people with special needs, disabilities or health conditions. To apply visit, ring 0800 169 9970, or email psr@ukpowernetworks.co.uk. The company also has a Power Up website to raise awareness of electricity safety issues for young people aged seven to 16 and has facts, quizzes, downloads and resources for teachers and parents in line with the National Curriculum.

Tips to stay safe around electricity networks:
• Yellow, triangular Danger of Death signs are displayed on substations, pylons, poles and sometimes train lines. Stay away and stay safe.
• If anything falls into a substation, such as a ball, contact UK Power Networks for free expert help to recover the item safely. Do not recover lost property.
• Look up, look out to avoid contact with overhead power lines. Trees, fishing rods, kites, tent poles, string, ladders and ropes can conduct electricity.
• Electricity will always find the easiest path to the ground – always carry fishing rods, ladders or any other long objects horizontally
• 105 is a free national 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.