Safewise substation teaches children about electricity

Safewise substation teaches children about electricity

Published by George Sharpe at 12:14pm 4th September 2019.

A decommissioned electricity substation has been donated to Dorset's skills for life charity - Safewise.

It's been installed by Scottish and Southern Electricity Network (SSEN) to raise awareness of child safety issues around electricity substations, associated power lines and roadworks.

SafeWise Chief Executive Rob Hattersley said:

"The new substation and power lines at SafeWise Weymouth is a fantastic new safety scenario for visitors to experience and learn from."

"We're excited to welcome SSEN as a new silver SafeWise partner and would like to thank them for their support, which will help SafeWise charity continue its essential skills for life education.

Young people can learn lots about safety and electricity at Safewise's new insltallment
Young people can learn lots about safety and electricity at Safewise's new insltallment

The new partnership also aims to increase awareness of additional SSEN community services - including a Priority Services Register, free-call 105 emergency number and Power Track app that keeps customers fully up-to-date during power cuts while enabling them to report issues.

SSEN allows staff to take time away from work to volunteer for local charities under a scheme called "Be the Difference days".
 
Stakeholder Engagement Manager for SSEN, Alison Dean said:

"Being able to use Be the Difference days to build the overhead power lines and substation from decommissioned equipment means that we can bring safety scenarios to life that might otherwise be difficult to envisage. Now, visitors to SafeWise can easily visualise what can happen when people fail to act safely. 
 
"This newly installed display builds a greater understanding for younger visitors, and while they're learning how to stay safe we're able to speak to their parents or carers about how we can help with the additional free services we provide to help people of all ages feel less vulnerable during a power cut."