NIE launches Kidsafe scheme

NIE  engineers Keith Houston (l) and Michael Boyle (r) from Banbridge with NIE Safety Officer Julie McDowell and pupils Sam Turkington and Abbey Taggart at the launch of Northern Ireland Electricity's Kidzsafe campaign.
NIE engineers Keith Houston (l) and Michael Boyle (r) from Banbridge with NIE Safety Officer Julie McDowell and pupils Sam Turkington and Abbey Taggart at the launch of Northern Ireland Electricity's Kidzsafe campaign.

LOCAL school pupils will be putting safety first this Spring with the launch of Northern Ireland Electricity’s new Kidzsafe programme.

Kidzsafe is an interactive programme designed to educate and raise awareness of the dangers of electricity network to Key Stage 2 pupils and above.

The programme launches three brand new NIE safety characters – Suzy Sparkz will help primary school pupils learn about safety, Chase Powers will take Key Stage 3 and 4 on the Journey of Electricity and Dr Watt is on hand to help parents and teachers deliver the programme.

Kevin McDowell, NIE Head of Health, Safety and Environment, hopes the programme will appeal to a wide range of school pupils. “Kidzsafe is a fun and interactive way for school children of all ages to learn about the journey of electricity, and how to stay safe around the network of overhead lines, substations and mini pillars they may see in their communities. In recent years NIE has taken a very pro-active response to public safety and this is an extension of our current schools programme. Check out what Kidzsafe has to offer at nie.co.uk. The site also offers other safety advice.