We’re making a world of difference in a lot of areas, but it’s hard to think of one that’s more important than keeping the public safe from danger.
Ensuring high standards of public safety is not just paramount in its own right but it’s also one of the most crucial issues in our engagement with communities. So we take it very seriously. To support this, ScottishPower invests in safety education programmes and works with school children and other community groups to help ensure they stay safe and do not take risks with electrical equipment.
Our award winning PowerWise is a pioneering safety education programme teaching primary school children aged four to 11 years the potential dangers of electricity in the home and outdoor environment.
The programme is taught by qualified teachers and is linked to the school curriculum in our operating areas across Scotland, North-West England and North Wales. Schools in Wales can opt for the programme to be delivered in English or Welsh.
PowerWise resource packs containing lesson plans, activities and all the resources needed for primary schools to conduct their own electricity safety lesson are provided free of charge to schools that have received the classroom education programme, or to those who request packs via the website - www.powerwise.org.uk
Safety Education Centres
As part of being a socially aware company, we’re committed to supporting two innovative, dedicated, safety education centres within ScottishPower’s network areas – DangerPoint in Talacre, North Wales and the Risk Factory in Edinburgh.
The safety education centres are designed to educate and raise awareness of accidents, injury prevention and personal safety, in a safe and controlled environment. They provide realistic settings, specifically designed for children and young people, as a background for safety education, through hands on experiences in the home, on the roads, at the farm or in the country, and on building sites.
Highly engaging mock substations and overhead lines have been built into each centre to ensure that children are made aware of the dangers of electricity in the home and outdoors in the most powerful, effective way possible. We take this very seriously.
As part of our commitment to share knowledge and keep the community safe, we take part in the national Crucial Crew programme where children take part in a range of fast-paced scenarios designed to raise awareness of the dangers of electricity and other common hazards. Crucial Crew events are supported by staff from our Networks business who help to highlight the potential dangers of electricity.
Public Safety Initiatives
Striving to make our messages as public as possible to have maximum reach, ScottishPower’s Energy Networks provide electrical safety information and educational events to the public, including high-risk industrial sectors, such as construction and agriculture.