Safety first for Ballymoney and Moyle ‘kidz’

PUPILS across Ballymoney and Moyle will be putting safety first this Spring with the launch of Northern Ireland Electricity’s new Kidzsafe programme.

Kidzsafe is an interactive programme designed to educate and raise awareness of the dangers of electricity network to Key Stage 2 pupils and above.

The programme launches three brand new NIE safety characters – Suzy Sparkz will help primary school pupils learn about safety, Chase Powers will take Key Stage 3 and 4 on the Journey of Electricity and Dr Watt is on hand to help parents and teachers deliver the programme.

Kevin McDowell, NIE Head of Health, Safety and Environment, hopes the programme will appeal to a wide range of school pupils. “Kidzsafe is a fun and interactive way for school children of all ages to learn about the journey of electricity, and how to stay safe around the network of overhead lines, substations and mini pillars they may see in their communities. In recent years NIE has taken a very pro-active response to public safety and this is an extension of our current schools programme. Kidzsafe also allows parents, teachers and children to learn together using online fact sheets and interactive games as well as offering school talks and demonstrations.

“It is crucial that children appreciate the dangers of playing near electricity substations and overhead lines. Electricity pylons, poles and substations can attract adventurous youngsters but our advice is simple – stay safe by staying away from electricity equipment. We believe this approach will help pupils understand more about how the electricity network operates and how they can keep themselves and their friends safe.”

The initiative was launched at Forge Integrated Primary School in Belfast. Principal, Neville Watson, is delighted pupils at the school are the first to benefit. “Safety education initiatives like Kidzsafe help reinforce the message to young people to take care when playing outside. With daylight hours getting longer this is a timely reminder to all our pupils to be aware of where they are playing and to play safely.”

Check out what Kidzsafe has to offer at nie.co.uk. The website also has safety advice for Contractors, Farmers, Leisure Pursuits and DIY.