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Schooling Up on Power Safety

Schooling Up on Power Safety

Friday 31 August 2012 – As part of Unison Networks’ ongoing public safety education campaign, the company has been out visiting primary and intermediate schools in Hawke’s Bay, Rotorua and Taupo to teach children how to be safe around electricity.

Group Chief Executive Officer, Ken Sutherland said Unison was committed to ensuring the wellbeing of the public around electricity and electrical assets, with school visits being a key component of their annual education programme.

“Our free ‘Safety in Schools’ education programme is delivered to over 2,500 students each year, and provides the opportunity to talk to children about electricity, and teach them how to interact safely with it.

“Through an interactive classroom session and demonstration by one of Unison’s faultmen, we are able to pass on key messages on how to be safe around electricity, as well as the dangers of playing on electrical assets such as power boxes.”

Sue Cuthbert, Principal at Te Pohue School said the programme had been well received by teachers and students.

“The children thought the programme was ‘awesome’ - it was well paced to suit the different levels of the children, and we all learnt a lot. It’s an important topic to cover and could be a 'life-saver' in the future.”

Parents can help teach their children about electrical safety at home and in public areas through Unison’s interactive portal ‘Electrical Safety World’ at

The site includes a range of information for parents, activities for teachers, and games for children.

Schools interested in participating in the free education programme can contact Unison on 0800 2 UNISON to find out more.

Image: Unison Faultman Paul Jones talks to Te Pohue School students about pedestals.


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