Essential Energy's electricity safety program

ELECTRICAL BRIGHT SPARKS: Program for NSW Primary Schools
ELECTRICAL BRIGHT SPARKS: Program for NSW Primary Schools

Primary schools across regional and rural NSW have less than two weeks left to register for Essential Energy’s annual electricity safety program.

Acting Regional Manager North Coast, Ross Berry, said the public safety awareness program teaches students how to stay safe around electricity in the home, school and outdoors.

“During Electricity Safety Week from 10-14 September, participating schools learn practical electrical safety tips through interactive and in-class resources,” Ross said.

“Students use their problem-solving skills to identify potential hazards and solve a range of electricity-related tasks.” 

Quizzes, videos and animated scenarios engage the children to reinforce the safety messaging.

Ross Berry, Essential Energy

Schools have until August 20 to register and receive a free resource kit which includes electricity safety posters, fact sheets, a simple circuit kit (light bulb, lamp holder, switch, battery and wires) to show how electricity works, interactive lesson content and student prizes.

The resources have been developed with the NSW Department of Education to meet their Science and Technology and PDHPE curriculum requirements.

A popular component of the program is the ‘Be a Safety Star’ poster competition where schools have a chance to win $1,000 for their P&C Association by finding creative ways to share the safety message.

“Students are encouraged to use their imagination to create an original electrical safety-inspired artwork to make everyone aware of how to stay safe around electricity,” Ross said.

Entries for the poster competition close 5pm Friday, September 28. Schools can visit essentialenergy.com.au/postercomp for more information.

To register for Electricity Safety Week 2018, email essential@primary-pr.com, call 9212 3888 or visit essentialenergy.com.au/education.

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