More than 1000 students have been illuminated with electrical safety knowledge following Western Power’s ‘shock and awe’ school education tour of the Mid West.
Western Power Educator Terry Soutar drove more than 1000 kilometres last month to deliver ShockProof! safety education sessions to children across the region.
During his five day tour, Mr Soutar visited classrooms at Cervantes, Rangeway, Geraldton and Allendale primary schools, as well as Dalwallinu District High School.
Mr Soutar said the program, which is one of Australia’s leading electrical safety initiatives, gave students a clear understanding of how to safely use electrical appliances at home and how to spot hazards when they were outside.
“During winter storm season, it’s vital everyone knows what to do if they see a fallen powerline and to stay well clear, keep other people away and make the safe call to Western Power’s 13 13 51 emergency line,” he said.
Mr Soutar said that during one ShockProof! lesson a boy shared a story of how he attempted to remove a piece of toast from the toaster using a knife, which tripped his home’s electrical safety device and caused their power to go out.
“Electrical safety education is important for young people to help them understand they cannot put anything in power appliances or tamper with electrical equipment,” he said.
“The child’s experience is a reminder for all parents to make sure the Residual Current Device (RCD) in their home is fully operational.”
Mr Soutar said Western Power’s education team would visit about 950 classrooms and teach more than 26,000 Western Australian school students about electrical safety this year.
The ShockProof! program is provided free to all schools connected to the Western Power network and has energised the minds of more than half a million Western Australian school children since beginning in 1997.
For more details on ShockProof! visit www.westernpower.com.au.
About Western Power:
Western Power is a State Government owned corporation that is committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity to more than one million customers across a 254,920 km2 network.