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Schools plug in to electricity safety program

Essential Energy is encouraging primary schools across regional and rural NSW to register to participate in the company’s electrical safety program. Regional Manager North Coast, Brendon Neyland, said the interactive public safety program would be held during Electricity Safety Week from 4-8 September to teach students about how to stay safe around electricity. “Electricity is an essential part of modern day living and, with the growing use of technology and electronic appliances, it’s vital that we teach our children how to identify potential hazards,” Brendon said. “Our program provides practical tips for electrical safety around the home, school and outdoors.” A recent addition to the program is the ‘Be a Safety Star’ poster competition which gives schools a chance to win $1,000 for their P&C Association to spend on safety improvements by simply creating an electrical safety-inspired artwork. “Following the success of last year’s competition, we’ve extended the categories to three (Kindergarten-Year 2, Years 3-4, and Years 5-6) to give students of all ages the opportunity to share the electrical safety message,” Brendon said. Entries for the ‘Be a Safety Star’ poster competition close on Friday, 13 October 2017 and schools can visit for more information. Schools that register for the Electricity Safety Week program receive a free resource kit with interactive lessons and video content aimed at assisting teachers to meet NSW Department of Education syllabus outcomes. These are available on USB or online   Resource kits include:
  • • A simple circuit kit including a light bulb, lamp holder, switch, battery and wires to show students how electricity works
  • • New interactive whiteboard lessons and video content
  • • Electricity safety posters and a safety fact sheet to enhance learning around the school and at home; and
  • • Student prizes of electricity safety stickers and self-powered torches.
  “Programs like this become increasingly relevant as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum continues to grow in primary schools,” Brendon added. To register for Electricity Safety Week 2017, email, call 9212 3888 or visit