Safety Heroes is an educational program that helps teach primary school students how electricity works and how to behave safely around electricity and electrical equipment.

It’s just another example of how Energy Queensland can achieve so much as one entity.

New partner

After seeing Ergon deliver the Safety Heroes program to 71,000 children across almost 700 schools with great results last year, Energex has come on board to spread the word to even more kids in 2016.

While there is a focus on primary schools during Electrical Safety Week starting on September 5*, the Safety Heroes program also engages Year Six students as part of the science curriculum during the year.

Among other lessons, the program encourages students to take responsibility for being safe around electricity and electrical equipment through a safety ‘hero’ persona – a popular concept with primary school aged children.

Ergon’s Acting Chief Executive Ros Baker said feedback from the inaugural year of the Safety Heroes program had been pleasing and was also an eye-opener.

“Teachers have passed on evidence that while their students are embracing the program and passing on the Safety Heroes knowledge to siblings and friends, many children are still unaware of possible electrical dangers," Ros said.

Program success

The Safety Hero program was an outstanding success last year according to feedback received.

Formal feedback provided by 15 percent of registered schools indicated that 89 percent of teachers believed that Electrical Safety Week activities helped their students be safer around electricity.

Program surveys also revealed, for example, that some children were unaware some of the basic industry safety messages that we know so well.

Teacher commentary pointed to strong examples of behavioural change in students.

One teacher commented, “The theme of safety heroes encouraged them to go home and search for danger and educate others” and another said “They did not know that it was unsafe to put a knife into a toaster, many said they will warn older sisters about hairdryers near water. They learnt a lot about unsafe situations that were unfamiliar to them.”