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Young people in Mildenhall urged to stay safe

Safety advisers are in Mildenhall this week teaching young people about the potential dangers of electricity.

From Press releases - 2 March 2015 12:00 AM

Safety advisers are in Mildenhall this week teaching young people about the potential dangers of electricity.

The team from UK Power Networks, which owns and operates the electricity networks in the East of England, London and the South East, work across the regions helping people to stay safe. They are meeting 11-year-old schoolchildren from the town at a Crucial Crew event at Mildenhall Stadium.

The event, organised by the town’s crime reduction team, runs from today to Thursday (March 5) and also involves emergency services and other agencies promoting key safety messages.

The company uses an interactive “wand set” to encourage the children to identify hazards such as not going into electricity substations or not ignoring “danger” signs.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks public safety and education adviser, said: “We take part in 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 but this is an interesting way of getting the safety message across.”

UK Power Networks has created 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.

Did you know?
• High-voltage electricity can jump across gaps - keep well clear and stay safe
• Human bodies contain 70% water and water conducts electric current really well
• Electric current flows more easily through water than through air so if you get too close to power lines or a substation, the electricity could pass through the water content of your body as it tries to find the easiest way to get to the ground. You could get an electric shock and might even die. Electricity in the home can also be dangerous if you don't respect it
• Electricity will always find the easiest path to the ground – always carry fishing rods, ladders or any other long objects horizontally
• If you are out and about enjoying recreational activities such as kite flying or fishing always remember: Look Up! Look Out! Check for overhead electricity wires
• Electricity can kill. Don’t ignore the warning signs