NSW schools to take part in Electricity Safety Week

More than 890 primary schools across regional and rural NSW will take part in Essential Energy’s Electricity Safety Week 2017 program.

General Manager Safety, HR, and Environment, David Nardi, said 97 per cent of the schools in Essential Energy’s vast footprint had registered to participate in the electrical safety awareness program from 4 to 8 September.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response from schools to participate in this year’s Electricity Safety Week activities which teach students how to stay safe around electricity and raise awareness of potential hazards,” David said.

Registered schools will receive a free resource kit from Essential Energy with interactive resources and prizes to reinforce key electrical safety messages.

“Students learn to stay at least eight metres away from fallen powerlines, keep away from overhead powerlines and never play on electrical equipment or trees near powerlines. The materials provided also focus on how to use electrical appliances safely and correctly,” David said.

According to Essential Energy, the program includes the ‘Be a Safety Star’ poster competition, which gives schools a chance to win one of three $ 1,000 donations by creating a safety-inspired artwork.

“Following the popularity of last year’s competition, we’ve extended the categories to three – Kindergarten-Year 2, Years 3-4 and Years 5-6 – to give more schools a chance to win a $ 1,000 donation for their P&C Association to spend on a school safety improvement,” David said.

Entries close on Friday, 13 October 2017 with entry forms available in the resource packs sent to registered schools or online at essentialenergy.com.au/postercomp.

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