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Powerful safety lessons planned for Hitchin children

Safety advisors will be in Hitchin next week teaching young people about the potential dangers of electricity at a powerful but fun safety event.

From Press releases - 26 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 the two-week event at Hitchin Fire Station from Monday, July 3, until Friday, July 14.

Hundreds of ten and 11-year-olds from primary schools in north Hertfordshire 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 two weeks 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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