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Children warned of electricity dangers

PUBLISHED: 15:38 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:56 13 July 2010

Schoolchildren in Norfolk will be put through their paces this month as part of a programme of workshops organised by EDF Energy Networks to raise awareness of the potential dangers of electricity.

Schoolchildren in Norfolk will be put through their paces this month as part of a programme of workshops organised by EDF Energy Networks to raise awareness of the potential dangers of electricity.

About 160 primary school pupils are expected to attend the hard hitting safety workshop which is being held on Thursday 22 May at St John's Primary School, Horning Road, Hoveton.

Children taking part in the hour-long session will learn about the hazards of playing near substations and overhead power lines. As part of the session the youngsters will watch a video about a young boy who is fatally injured after ignoring triangular 'Danger of Death' signs and entering a substation. They will also learn how high voltage electricity can jump gaps and be conducted through anything, including fishing rods and kites, with tragic consequences.

Clare Bacon, EDF Energy Networks education adviser, said: “The interactive nature of our workshops ensures the children understand the potential consequences of playing with electricity. They really benefit from the session and learn valuable safety lessons which will last them a lifetime.”

Peter Muchlinski, headteacher at St John's Community Primary School said: “We hosted a workshop in March and will be delighted to welcome back EDF Energy again.

“The presentations are lively and interesting and the children gain a good understanding of the key issues. They really take on board the safety messages.”

EDF Energy Networks raises awareness of the dangers posed by electricity and is committed to reaching one million children by 2012 with its electrical safety message.

Any school or educational group that would like to increase awareness of electricity among pupils should contact EDF Energy Networks' education team on 01473 294515.

Meanwhile, EDF Energy has set up a special website to teach children about the

wonders and dangers of electricity. The Power Up website www.edfenergy.com/powerup is aimed at students aged seven to 14 and also provides information for teachers and parents.

** Next week's North Norfolk News will include a special supplement giving advice on the dangers of electricity as part of the EDF Energy campaign.

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