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Mackay Kids Brush Up On Electrical Safety

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Electrical safety was at the forefront of many North Queensland primary school students’ minds this week as Ergon Energy employees joined teachers to promote some life-saving lessons.

Local Ergon staff members have volunteered to visit schools during Electricity Safety Week as part of the Safety Heroes program, which highlights the risks electricity poses and how to avoid associated injuries.

Ergon Energy’s Jade Hammer will share some powerful tips with students at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic School in Mackay on Friday.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to empower children to become safety heroes by raising awareness of the importance of staying safe around electricity, whether it’s in the home or out in the community, especially if they see fallen powerlines.

“We share some really practical tips and judging by the children’s enthusiasm and responses, our electrical safety messages hit the mark and our safety heroes go home and share them with their families and friends,” Mr Hammer said.

94 per cent of Queensland primary schools have adopted the Safety Heroes program this year. Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said it was critical to teach the younger generation about electrical safety.

“Gaming consoles, computers and hand-held devices are common and the youngsters of today have more exposure to electricity than previous generations, leaving them susceptible to its dangers and risks.

“It’s our role as adults to ensure children are well aware of the risks associated with using electricity, as well as the dangers of being around infrastructure that powers our lifestyles,” she said.

Energy Queensland CEO David Smales said safety was the number one value of the EQL group of companies, which includes Ergon Energy and Energex.

“It makes me proud that our team members have connected with schools around the state to ensure youngsters understand that, while power makes our lives easier, they should also have a healthy respect for its risks when used incorrectly.” More information about Safety Heroes can be found at www.ergon.com.au/safetyheroes.

Michelle Price

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