Ergon and Energex adapt Safety Heroes to a new era in education

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(L-R) Ergon Energy’s Katrina Kudla, Jamie Marshall, Kane Jonsson and Chris Hooper with Safety Heroes from St Joseph’s Catholic School

In a first for the Safety Heroes program, experts from Ergon Energy and Energex will be delivering lifesaving lessons through webinar events tailored for Queensland primary schools in rural, remote and metropolitan areas.

Community safety manager Aaron Smith said the idea was inspired by the unprecedented transition to online learning during COVID-19 restrictions in Term 2. 

“Virtual presentations are a way to reach schoolchildren across Queensland – no matter where you live it is important to understand how electricity works and how to stay safe around it,” he said.

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“While we once again have a small army of volunteers who have put their hands up to deliver Safety Heroes presentations in person, as part of this year’s program schools will also have the option of registering for live webinars during Electricity Safety Week.”

Ergon and Energex are hoping to break another participation record in 2020, after 96 per cent of Queensland primary schools registered for the Safety Heroes program last year.

“Safety Heroes is an opportunity to educate students on the wonders and dangers of electricity, which is an essential part of their lives,” Aaron said.

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“Whether they spot a damaged power point at home or a fallen powerline in their neighbourhood, children need to know the next steps to stay safe and the lead-up to storm season is always an ideal time to teach them about electrical safety.”

The Safety Heroes program runs during Electricity Safety Week from September 7-11.

Teachers can check out the range of resources online at https://www.ergon.com.au/network/safety/safety-heroes

Schools can register now by emailing ergonesw@primary-pr.com or calling (07) 3910 1052.