It's time to sign up for Safety Heroes

Published: 5 Jun 2019 8:56am

Ergon Energy is encouraging Queensland primary schools to register for the 2019 Safety Heroes program, which teaches students all about electricity.

Community Safety Manager Aaron Smith said Ergon was aiming for a 100% participation rate after signing up 94% of schools last year.

“This is a fantastic educational initiative that encourages safe behaviour around electrical equipment and sparks children’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“Schools that register will receive a range of free resources to engage students, including teaching materials aligned with the Queensland curriculum, interactive whiteboard lessons and a simple circuit kit for Year 6 students,” Mr Smith said.

The Safety Heroes program caters for Prep to Year 6 and prize packs are provided as an incentive for students to pay close attention to lessons that have the power to save lives.

“Children are surrounded by electrical equipment from a young age, so it’s important that they are aware of the potential hazards and how to stay safe around the home, at school and when they’re out and about.

“The students share what they’ve learnt with younger siblings and even parents can benefit from a reminder about the importance of electrical safety,” Mr Smith said.

Ergon Energy will be recruiting volunteers from within its ranks to present the Safety Heroes program at various Queensland schools during Electricity Safety Week from 2-6 September.

Townsville’s Carissa Johnstone, Shaun Hales, Marc Bennett and Liz Gollner shared some powerful tips with students last year.

“It was a golden opportunity for us to empower these young children to become safety heroes by raising awareness of the importance of staying safe around electricity, whether it’s at home, flying a kite in the park or during storm season.

“We shared some really practical tips and judging by the children’s excitement, enthusiasm and correct answers to our questions, our electrical safety messages hit the mark,” Mrs Johnstone said.

Queensland primary schools have until 23 August to register by emailing or calling 07 3910 1052.  Every school that registers will receive a P-6 lesson booklet, a simple circuit kit, USB, prizes, stickers, posters, and more.

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