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Powerful safety lessons planned for Hemel Hempstead children

Safety advisors will be in Hemel Hempstead next week teaching young people about the potential dangers of electricity.

From Press releases - 25 September 2017 12:00 PM

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Safety advisors will be in Hemel Hempstead next week teaching young people about the potential dangers of electricity.

School children from the town are to learn about the potential dangers of electricity at the powerful but fun safety event which starts next week.

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 Hemel Hempstead Fire Station from Monday, October 2 until Friday, October 13.

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 or 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.

Bill Blackburn, an operations manager at UK Power Networks, outlined how becoming a dementia friend has helped him gain a greater appreciation and understanding of members of his extended family who live with the condition.

“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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For more information call Jenny Chapman in the UK Power Networks press office on 03301 591712.

Notes to editors: UK Power Networks is the country's biggest electricity distributor, making sure that the lights stay on for more than eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England.

Network operators are not the same as energy suppliers; network operators manage local power lines and substations, while energy suppliers sell the electricity that runs through the power lines.

UK Power Networks is the first electricity distributor to be named in the Sunday Times' Top 30 Best Companies to Work For, and made industry history by becoming first company to win Utility of the Year two years running (2015 and 2016, also 2012).

The company invests more than £500 million in its electricity networks every year, offers extra help to vulnerable customers at times of need, and is undertaking trials to ensure that electricity networks support the transition to a low carbon future. It also moves cables and connects new electricity supplies. If you have a power cut ring 105, see or tweet us @UKPNnews