Children to learn 'shocking' truth about the dangers of electricity

PUBLISHED: 13:38 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:47 26 October 2009

SCHOOLCHILDREN will be put through their paces on Thursday in a workshop aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of electricity. Organised by EDF Energy Networks, pupils from Northaw Primary School will attend the hard-hitting safety sessions. Children

SCHOOLCHILDREN will be put through their paces on Thursday in a workshop aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of electricity.

Organised by EDF Energy Networks, pupils from Northaw Primary School will attend the hard-hitting safety sessions.

Children taking part in the hour-long sessions with the firm's education advisers will learn about the hazards of playing near substations and overhead power lines.

As part of the session the youngsters will watch a video about a young boy who is fatally injured after ignoring triangular 'Danger of Death' signs and entering a sub-station.

They will also learn how high voltage electricity can jump gaps and be conducted through anything, including fishing rods and kites, with tragic consequences.

EDF spokeswoman Clare Bacon said: "The interactive nature of the workshops ensures the children understand the potential consequences of playing with electricity.

"They really benefit from the session and learn valuable safety lessons which will last them a lifetime."

Any school or educational group that would like to increase awareness of electricity among pupils should contact EDF's education team on 01473 294515 or visit www.edfenergy.com/powerup

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