Schools encouraged to register for Safety Heroes program


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Queensland primary schools are being encouraged to register for the 2019 Safety Heroes program.

Safety Heroes is an educational program that helps teach primary school students how electricity works and how to behave safely around electrical equipment

According to Ergon Energy, the program caters for Prep to Year 6 and prize packs are provided as an incentive for students to pay close attention to lessons that have the power to save lives.

“Children are surrounded by electrical equipment from a young age, so it’s important that they are aware of the potential hazards and how to stay safe around the home, at school and when they’re out and about,” Community Safety Manager Aaron Smith said

“The students share what they’ve learnt with younger siblings and even parents can benefit from a reminder about the importance of electrical safety.”

Townsville’s Carissa Johnstone, Shaun Hales, Marc Bennett, and Liz Gollner shared some powerful tips with students last year.

“It was a golden opportunity for us to empower these young children to become safety heroes by raising awareness of the importance of staying safe around electricity, whether it’s at home, flying a kite in the park or during storm season.

“We shared some really practical tips and judging by the children’s excitement, enthusiasm and correct answers to our questions, our electrical safety messages hit the mark,” Mrs. Johnstone said.

Ergon Energy said it will recruit volunteers to present the Safety Heroes program at various Queensland schools during Electricity Safety Week from 2-6 September.

Queensland primary schools have until 23 August to register by emailing or calling 07 3910 1052.

Every school that registers will receive a P-6 lesson booklet, a simple circuit kit, USB, prizes, stickers, posters, and more, according to Ergon Energy.

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