Western Power’s electrical safety education roadshow has enlightened 745 students in the South West during a five day tour.
Western Power Educator Julie Hughes travelled more than 1,000 kilometres this month to deliver ShockProof! safety education sessions at six schools across the region.
Ms Hughes visited classrooms at Kirup Primary School, Balingup Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic School in Boyup Brook, Bridgetown Primary School, Manjimup Primary School and Boyup Brook District High School.
Ms Hughes said ShockProof! taught students how to safely use electrical appliances at home and to spot potential hazards on the electricity network when outside.
“It’s important children know what to do if they see a fallen powerline, and that is to stay well clear, keep others away and make the safe call to Western Power’s 13 13 51 emergency line,” she said.
Ms Hughes said during the visits some students shared concerning electrical safety stories that included seeing people attempting to use a knife to retrieve toast from a toaster.
“Helping young people understand why they cannot put anything in power appliances or tamper with electrical equipment is a vital part of harm prevention,” she said.
“Shockproof! empowers children to remind their family and friends about potentially harmful practices in and around the home.”
Ms Hughes said this year Western Power’s education team would visit 950 classrooms and teach more than 26,000 Western Australian school students about electrical safety.
The ShockProof! program is provided free to schools connected to the Western Power network and has energised the minds of more than half a million Western Australian school children since 1997.
For more details on ShockProof! visit www.westernpower.com.au
About Western Power:
Western Power is a State Government owned corporation that is committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity to more than one million customers across a network area of 255,064 km2.