With the school holidays about to start and the better weather making an appearance Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the region’s power network, is reminding youngsters, and their parents, to take the time for a lifesaving lesson about staying safe near power lines and substations.
Thousands of children and teenagers across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire will soon be heading out to make the most of the sunshine and their summer holidays and Northern Powergrid wants them to stay away from the power network.
Geoff Earl, director of safety, health and environment at Northern Powergrid, said: “We're urging parents across the region to help us by reminding their children of the very real dangers of electricity and not to climb pylons or play near overhead power lines or substations.
“Every year we spread our safety messages to thousands of youngsters but we know parents play a key role in bringing the safety message home. Just a few minutes chatting with your children can help them learn lifesaving information that could keep them and their friends safe.
“Our free-to-download safety activity booklet is there to help parents. It contains quizzes to keep young minds occupied but more importantly helps them understand that interfering, accidentally or otherwise, with any part of the electricity network can prove potentially fatal and by doing the right thing they can play and stay safe this summer.”
If you see anything hanging from a power line or accidently kick a ball into a substation, the advice is to never try and retrieve it yourself as it’s extremely dangerous. It’s always best call Northern Powergrid by dialling 105 and the electricity network operator will send someone from its team to help.
Northern Powergrid’s free safety activity booklet is available at northernpowergrid.com/education-kids-activities. A short video about doing the right thing can also be viewed by visiting the companies YouTube page.
The electricity network operator 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 academic year.
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).