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Safety of children - a common cause


Specialists of IDGC of Centre — Yarenergo division conducted a lesson on electrical safety in conjunction with representatives of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Yaroslavl region and the Institute for Educational Development. The lesson was organized for pupils in grade 4 at school 11 of Yaroslavl.

This event is part of the planned branch’s work for the prevention of children’s electric injuries. Every year power engineers of IDGC of Centre visit more than a hundred educational institutions — schools, boarding schools, health camps throughout the territory of the Yaroslavl region. They tell children what is the electric current and how it is dangerous to humans. The main purpose is to foster serious and responsible attitude to electricity of each child, because the main cause of children’s electric injuries is carelessness, inattention and excessive curiosity.

The class, which brought together presentations of representatives of Yarenergo, Office of Emergency Situations and the Institute of Education, was held for the first time. Before the beginning of the summer holidays, when many children are left to themselves, the organizers tried to bring at the lesson to the kids as much information about how to avoid the danger that lies in wait for children indoors and outdoors.

The power engineers told the pupils about the basic rules of electrical safety. The fact that it is not allowed to approach any ragged lying on the ground wire at a distance of less than 8 meters; to throw foreign objects onto the wire and electric poles; to fly kites and model aircrafts near power facilities; to climb electric poles; to penetrate into the premises of other substations and power facilities.

With the help of an automated simulator-mannequin “Gosha” the experts of Yarenergo showed the children how to provide pre-hospital medical care to victims of electric shock. Most of the children tried themselves to make artificial respiration and chest compressions. These skills will help them to act correctly in emergency situations and possibly save someone’s life.

During the lesson, the children also learned what precautions must be observed to avoid the risk of fire. The children were reminded of the ban on making campfires, rules of fire extinguishing. The staff of the Institute for Educational Development called for children to be as much interested in the fundamentals of safety as possible: to ask questions, ask teachers and parents to tell them about the rules of handling electrical and heating equipment, etc.

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