Safety first for youngsters at a Saffron Walden school

PUBLISHED: 11:59 02 March 2009 | UPDATED: 21:43 31 May 2010

SCHOOLCHILDREN at a Saffron Walden school will be put through their paces as part of a programme of workshops to raise awareness of the potential dangers of electricity.  St Thomas More Primary School is one of a number of schools from across the county t

SCHOOLCHILDREN at a Saffron Walden school will be put through their paces as part of a programme of workshops to raise awareness of the potential dangers of electricity.

St Thomas More Primary School is one of a number of schools from across the county taking part in the hard-hitting safety lessons organised by EDF Energy Networks.

The hour-long sessions - held at the school on Monday March 23 - will teach children 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.

Deputy headteacher at St Thomas More Primary School, Elaine McNally, said: "It will be the first time that we have hosted a workshop and I think it will be inspiring for the pupils.

"We are holding a science week earlier in March which will include lots of activities and EDF Energy Networks' safety messages will bring another aspect to this.

"We are also keen to welcome visitors into school as it really makes the lessons memorable for the pupils."

EDF Energy Networks raises awareness of the dangers posed by electricity by working with more than 100,000 primary and secondary school children every year.

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.

EDF Energy has set up a 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.


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