Anthony Roberts med rel: More than 260,000 students to take part in Electricity Safety Week

Minister for Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts today said more than 260,000 NSW primary school students will take part in Electricity Safety Week, which runs from 8 to 12 September.

Mr Roberts said the program teaches students about potential electrical hazards such as overloaded power points, fallen powerlines and electrical substations.

“The electricity network operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can pose a number of hazards,”
Mr Roberts said.

“Last year there were around 460 electric shocks reported in homes and businesses across NSW.

“Education is vital in helping to prevent accidents by ensuring children know how to stay safe around electricty both at home and outdoors.

“The program is one of Australia’s most comprehensive courses that teaches primary school students about electricity, how it works and how to stay safe.”

Electricity networks Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy have offered the Electricity Safety Week program to primary schools for the past four years.

More than 94 per cent of NSW primary schools have registered for the interactive classroom program.

The 2014 Electricity Safety Week pack includes:
Student prizes;
Safety message posters and stickers;
Activity booklets and quizzes; and
Lesson book and interactive whiteboard lessons for Years 5 and 6.

Mr Roberts said awareness is vital in recognising a potential electrical hazard.

“Always assume fallen powerlines are live, stay eight metres away, warn others to do the same and immediately alert your electricity network,” he said.

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