As thousands of school children break-up for the Easter holidays Northern Powergrid, 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, is urging parents to take a few minutes to remind their children about the dangers of electricity before they head out to enjoy the lighter spring nights.
Geoff Earl, Northern Powergrid’s director of safety, health and environment, said: “The Easter holidays bring the chance of more spring-like weather and lighter nights which means that many children may be out and about with their friends. We want youngsters across our region to enjoy their free time safely. To do this, it’s vital that they know about the dangers of power lines and substations. They also need to understand that interfering, accidentally or otherwise, with any part of our electricity network could prove fatal.
“We’re urging all parents and guardians to take a few minutes to chat 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. We have a free, downloadable safety activity booklet, featuring our Team Powergrid superheroes, which will help them to bring these important safety messages home.”
Geoff added: “Doing the right thing is key so if they spot anything potentially unsafe they can call 105, the easy-to-remember free power cut number, which will connect them to our 24-hour emergency contact centre team who’ll send an emergency response team out to help. By doing this they can avoid the extreme risks of live electricity and make sure they have a fun and safe Easter holiday.”
Northern Powergrid’s free safety activity booklet is available at https://www.northernpowergrid.com/education-kids-activities . A short video about doing the right thing can be viewed by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXH5hAxn95U&feature=youtu.be.
The electricity network operator also has a suite of free education resources, including an Electricity Learning day, to help teachers with lesson planning when it comes to delivering science, technology, engineering, maths, (STEM) and citizenship lessons to seven to 14 year olds.
The free resource materials, available on northernpowergrid.com/education, have been designed to get pupils engaged in hands-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. They also provide welcome support to teachers across the region that may be planning lessons for next term.
To report an electricity network safety issue or a power cut, contact Northern Powergrid by calling 105. The number, which is free to call, directs people to their electricity distributor’s 24-hour contact centre. Information about power cuts or how to get extra support is also available on northernpowergrid.com or 24/7 on social media (Facebook and @NorthPowergrid).