As children start to break up from school for the Easter half-term and people are able start spend more time together outdoors, as part of the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown, Northern Powergrid is asking parents to spend a few minutes with their children to talk to them about staying safe.
The electricity network operator for the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, responsible for the network of more than 63,000 substations and some 60,000 miles of overhead power lines and underground cables, has released a new video which help parents and guardians talk to their young ones about the very real danger of interfering accidently, or otherwise, with the power network.
Gareth Pearson, Head of Health, Safety and Training at Northern Powergrid, said: “We know lots of people, especially children, will be making the most of the warmer weather, lighter nights and the easing of lockdown to spend more time outdoors with family and friends this Easter half-term. We want to make sure they enjoy that time safely by staying away from our power network.
“We’re urging parents and guardians to watch our video and spend a little time chatting with their children about the potential hazards and what they should do if they accidentally kick a ball into a substation, or see anything hanging from our power lines. Its vitally important they know that retrieving any items themselves is extremely dangerous.
“We want all young people to know that if they spot anything potentially unsafe they can call 105, the easy-to-remember free power cut number, speak to our 24-hour emergency contact centre team who’ll be happy to send someone out to help. Doing the right thing and avoiding the extreme risks of live electricity will help ensure everyone remains safe and has fun during the Easter holidays.”
Northern Powergrid also has a suite of education resources, including an Electricity Learning day, to help teachers deliver science, technology, engineering, maths, (STEM) and citizenship lessons to seven to 14 year olds. The free resource materials, available on northernpowergrid.com, have been designed to get pupils engaged in hand-on activities from budgeting household energy costs and renewable energy to exploring social and environmental considerations for the future and power network planning. The resources bring STEM subjects to life, encouraging pupils to engage in learning and inspiring them to consider careers in the energy sector.