Burwash children learn hazards of electricity in workshop

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BURWASH mums and dads needn’t worry about children’s safety after 90 of them took part in special workshops last week.

Minister of State for Climate Change, Gregory Barker MP, joined the Burwash Primary School pupils during sessions run by UK Power Networks on September 20.

The children learnt about the hazards of playing near substations and overhead power lines. They also learnt how high voltage electricity can jump gaps and be conducted through anything, including fishing rods and kites, with tragic consequences. Items were passed around, including hard hats, safety clothes, power cables and the bright yellow ‘Danger of Death’ signs which are used on substation fences, so the children can find out what the signs mean.

Greg said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to visit Burwash Primary School to join children for a special lesson about the dangers of electricity. It’s good that UK Power Networks offer this education service to schools which gets across the important safety message in a way that interests pupils.”

Headteacher Debbie Gilbert said: “It’s vital for children to learn about electrical safety for their wellbeing and it’s important for our school to teach about dangers. Bringing professionals into school gives extra weight to the safety messages. It was good for our local MP to see our primary school in action and the ways in which we enhance the curriculum.”