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I Got the Power!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Whether you’re playing football, flying your kite or catching virtual monsters, there are plenty of reasons why you would want to be running around outside and having lots of fun. So this week at Essex International Jamboree UK Power Networks set up shop inside the Technology in Motion Zone to try and help everyone stay safe.
UK Power Networks is the company in charge of maintaining all the overhead power lines, underground cables and electrical substations that are found in East Anglia, London and the South East and their education and engagement team want to ensure that this infrastructure does not harm anyone during their summer break.
In their marquee you could find some circuit building problems, an interactive substation to show the dangers that they pose and a multitude of magnetic spot-the-danger pictures. A member of Newton’s Lab, Dylan from 1st Kilkenny Scout Group in Ireland commented that the puzzles were “very interesting” and that “I will be more careful about where I play now”
All these activities worked together to teach the key safety messages from UK Power Networks: to look up, to look out for overhead electricity wires and if you lose something in or near them, to call UK Power Networks or your local equivalent so they can safely recover it for you.
By completing these activities and showing their understanding of how to be safe around electricity, participants could earn themselves a badge for their collection to demonstrate their knowledge to others.
Even if you didn’t manage to make it to their marquee while they were here, everyone should try and stay as safe as possible while out and about this summer by remembering to keep a look out for substations and overhead cables when you’re having fun outside. Visit powerup.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for more information.