Students in primary schools across Baulkham Hills will learn how to stay safe around electricity as part of Electricity Safety Week from 9-13 September.
Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott said the program is being presented by the three State-owned electricity distributors – Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy – to teach students about electricity.
“Electricity is an integral part of our daily lives but it is also invisible and has the potential to pose a number of dangerous hazards,” Mr Elliott said.
“Early education is key to keeping children safe and preventing electrical accidents.
“From lessons on how electricity works to safety tips around the home, school and outdoors, the program educates children in a fun and interactive way on how to behave safely around electrical equipment.
“This includes teaching students about potential dangers posed by overloaded power points, fallen powerlines and electrical substations.”
More than 95 per cent of NSW primary schools have registered for this year’s interactive classroom lessons.
Participating schools will receive an Electricity Safety Week pack which includes:
- Student prizes
- Safety message posters
- Activity booklets and quizzes
Energy Minister Chris Hartcher said while the program is aimed at primary schoolers, electricity safety is a message for people of all ages.
“Last year there were more than 1,000 electric shocks in homes and businesses across NSW,” Mr Hartcher said.
“Awareness is vital to recognising and responding to hazards. Always assume fallen powerlines are live – don’t approach them, warn others to do the same, and immediately report the incident to your electricity network.”
For more information on Electricity Safety Week visit www.electrickids.com.au