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Schools have a chance to win up to $1,000 and must register by 20 August. Image: Contributed

Sign up to school electricity safety program

Primary schools across regional and rural NSW and parts of southern Queensland 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 September 10-14, 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.” Schools have until Monday 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. The ‘Be a Safety Star’ poster competition has three categories: Kindergarten-Year 2, Years 3-4, or Years 5-6. One winner from each category will receive $1,000 for their P&C Association to spend on safety improvements within their school. Entries for the poster competition are now open and close 5pm Friday September 28. Schools can visit for more information. To register for Electricity Safety Week 2018, email, 9212 3888 or visit.