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Wealden bright sparks spot electrical hazards

Hundreds of school children from the Wealden area will be spotting electrical hazards in a model street scene next week as part of a Safety in Action event.

From Press releases - 20 June 2017 12:00 AM

Volunteers from the local electricity company, UK Power Networks, will run a safety game that lets children discover 12 dangers using a ‘magic wand’ to test their electricity safety knowledge. A light comes on each time they point out a new hazard within the scene, such as kites, fishing rods or ladders near overhead electricity lines.

The company, which keeps the lights on in the South East, will also be teaching children to be aware of the “danger” signs they see on the company’s electricity substations and power lines and to Look Up! Look Out! to avoid any contact with the equipment.

The interactive game is part of a Safety in Action event for nearly 900 youngsters, organised by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service at Hertmonceux Castle, Wartling Road Entrance, Hailsham, for a week from June 26 to 30. The Safety in Action programme recently won East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service a gold innovation award for work in the community at the annual Improvement and Efficiency Awards (iESE).

The youngsters will be taking part in a whole range of fun activities with a serious message from a variety of organisations including UK Power Networks, East Sussex Fire and Rescue, Sussex Police, Wealden District Council, South Coast Ambulance Service, School Nurses (NHS) and Southern Rail.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks safety adviser, said: “We support such events to help young people understand how dangerous electricity can be if it’s not treated with respect. It enables them to make the decisions that keep them safe.

“Fortunately, accidents are extremely rare and we want to keep it that way. This is an interesting way of getting the safety message across.”

Sophie Hepworth, from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘’Safety in Action gives the children the opportunity to assess a variety of hazards for themselves – and even if mistakes are made during the project - it should prevent the same mistakes happening in real life.’’

UK Power Networks runs a Power Up website to help raise awareness about staying safe around electricity equipment with 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
• Human bodies contain 70% water and water conducts electric current really well. Ignoring the danger signs could result in an electric shock or death.
• If you are kite flying or fishing Look Up! Look Out! Check for overhead electricity wires
• Electricity will find the easiest path to the ground – always carry fishing rods, ladders or any other long objects horizontally to avoid contact with power lines