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School children in St Albans urged to stay safe

Hundreds of school children will be learning crucial safety messages at a powerful but fun event in St Albans.

From Press releases - 13 March 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, is one of a number of organisations taking part at the Crucial crew event at St Albans Fire Station in London Road, starting Wednesday (March 15) and ending March 28.

The 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 and enter electricity substation sites.

The stories include one about a boy who ignores warning signs and retrieves his ball from a substation, plus the dangers of climbing trees or carrying fishing rods near power lines.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks’ safety, health and environment engagement and education adviser, said: “Fortunately accidents are rare but this is an exciting way of getting the safety message across, using six short, real-life scenarios, followed by a quiz that could help to save their lives.

“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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