School students get energetic about electrical safety

More than 90 students from Gloucester Public School, New South Wales, visited Stroud Road substation in October as part of TransGrid’s ‘BeSafeKidz’ electrical safety program.

As part of the program, students from years five and six participated in a hands-on classroom lesson on electrical safety and an excursion to Stroud Road Substation, near Stroud.

Gloucester Public School assistant principal, Alison Clifton said many of her students said it was the best excursion they had ever been on.

“The content provided by TransGrid during the excursion on electrical safety took our kids knowledge out of classroom by teaching them how to apply it in the real world,” Mrs Clifton said.

“The students now know what happens to the electricity down the road at the substation and how to stay safe, which is especially important at years five and six when typically the students start becoming more adventurous,” she said.

TransGrid project manager, Ian Goldsworthy said that TransGrid’s BeSafeKidz program teaches students about the importance of electrical safety in and outside the home.

“Teaching children about electrical safety is essential to preventing shocks from electrical equipment and powerlines now and for the future,” Mr Goldsworthy said.

“During the presentations, students learnt about how to stay safe around electricity and recognise electrical warning signs, as well as learning the do’s and don’ts in an electrical emergency,” he said.