Ergon Energy’s lifesaving Safety Heroes program has increased its reach with new resources to cater for diverse learning styles.
During Electricity Safety Week (September 2-6), a record 96 per cent of Queensland primary schools are taking part in the program.
Community safety manager Aaron Smith has welcomed the inclusion of Safety Heroes resources designed for diverse learning needs, including a social stories booklet for children with autism spectrum disorder.
“Every child needs to be aware of electrical safety and it is never too early to start teaching them. From the time they can crawl, children are in close proximity to electrical outlets and appliances throughout their homes and their parents and carers need to show them how to stay safe,” Mr Smith said.
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A dedicated band of Safety Heroes volunteers from Ergon and its sister company Energex have been sharing electrical safety tips with classes across the state.
They’ll be arming students with simple, practical and lifesaving advice for when they’re at home, playing in the park or in a community affected by a natural disaster.
“Keeping the community safe is our top priority and it starts with educating everyone on electrical hazards that are commonplace,” Mr Smith said.
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“We tell the children what to do if they see fallen powerlines and to steer clear of overhead powerlines if they are flying a kite or operating a drone.
“We’re educating the next generation on safe behaviour around electrical equipment and at the end of the program we find the Safety Heroes can teach their parents a thing or two.”
The Safety Heroes program is also designed to spark children’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), with a range of teaching materials aligned with the Queensland curriculum, including a simple circuit kit for Year 6 students.