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NORTHERN POWERGRID POWERS SUMMER OF SAFETY

family looking at lap topNorthern Powergrid has helped parents and teachers across the region educate children about electricity and how to stay safe by staying away from substations and power lines. The company responsible for the electricity network that powers everyday life for 8 million customers across 3.9 million homes and businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire created the free online electricity lesson and a safety animation which have been seen more than 900,000 times.

The interactive presentation and the animation were designed to help seven to 11-year-olds (Key Stage 2) learn about electricity, how it is produced and gets to their home, the dangers and importance of staying away from the region’s power network. The network operator launched the digital campaign to help more parents, guardians and teachers across the region access the free resource.

Michelle Cummings, Northern Powergrid’s social responsibility manager, said: “During the pandemic, we’ve not been able to get into local schools to deliver our safety presentations, and we anticipate this will continue to be challenging in the months ahead.

“The interactive presentation will help give parents and teachers a short ‘lesson’ that they can play for the young people in their life whether it’s to keep the kids entertained for 20 minutes during the summer holidays, or a resource to support science lesson plans for teaching about electricity. The safety animation provides parents with advice and the opportunity to talk to their children about the dangers of electricity so they know how to stay safe and who to contact in an emergency.”

Over the coming months, Northern Powergrid will be engaging with its customers and other key stakeholders to understand if they agree and accept its proposals in readiness for submitting its final business plan for 2023-28 to the energy regulator, Ofgem, on 1 December 2021.