Shock lesson on danger in Lowestoft

SCHOOLCHILDREN in Lowestoft have been attending special workshops organised to raise awareness on the potential dangers of electricity.The students from Northfield St Nicholas in St Margaret's Road were visited by EDF Energy Networks on Wednesday where they participated in the hard-hitting safety workshops.

SCHOOLCHILDREN in Lowestoft have been attending special workshops organised to raise awareness on the potential dangers of electricity.

The students from Northfield St Nicholas in St Margaret's Road were visited by EDF Energy Networks on Wednesday where they participated in the hard-hitting safety workshops.

Children learnt about the hazards of playing near sub-stations and overhead power lines.

As part of the session the youngsters also had to watch a video about a young boy fatally injured after ignoring triangular Danger of Death signs and entering a sub-station.

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

Clare Bacon, EDF Energy Networks education adviser, 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.'

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EDF Energy has set up a special website to teach children about the wonders and dangers of electricity. The Power Up website www.edfenergy.com/powerup is aimed at students aged seven to 14 and also provides information for teachers and parents.

Any school or educational group that would like to increase awareness of electricity among pupils should contact EDF Energy Networks' education team on 01473 294515.