More Queensland primary schools are being encouraged to register for the long-running electrical safety education program run by Energex and Ergon Energy and help them break a participation record.
“The registration record is 1417 primary schools, which is an incredible 97%, but we want to hit the magic 100% this year,” said Cloe Kernick, Energex and Ergon Acting Executive General Manager Customer.
“Since 2015 we’ve been sharing lifesaving information on how to spot electrical hazards in the home and in the community and how to behave safely around electricity.
“Every year we hear examples of children passing these life lessons on to younger siblings, parents and grandparents, so the flow-on benefits are enormous.”
“The teaching resources are designed for a variety of ages and abilities, aligned with the P-6 Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education. They include a social stories booklet for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, simple circuit demonstration kit, stickers and posters.
“We’re surrounded by electrical equipment from the day we’re born, so we need to understand as early as possible how to recognise the dangers and stay safe.
“Whether we’re teaching children to look up and live when they’re climbing trees and flying drones or encouraging them to take care and stay line aware after a storm – there are some simple safety messages that will serve them well for life.
“The more electrical safety heroes we have in our communities the better, so we’re encouraging all Queensland primary schools to get online and register now,” Cloe said.
Queensland schools have until 20 August to register at energex.com.au/safetyheroes , and will then receive a free resource and prize pack to engage students in Electricity Safety Week from 6-10 September.