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BC students to hear of dangers of electricity

Last Updated May 16, 2017 at 7:22 pm PDT

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BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – More than 300 BC classrooms will learn about electrical safety, as part of a BC Hydro safety day in schools across the province tomorrow.

Jonny Knowles with BC Hydro says it’s about making sure the next generation is safe around electrical systems.

“If they’re out and about, walking to school and a power line is down, say it’s come down in a motor vehicle accident or a tree has taken a line down in a storm, that they know what to do.

“They know to stay back 10 metres from a downed power line.”

At Burnaby North Secondary, students will hear from the survivor of a major electrical contact accident. Eric Phillips was seriously burned after getting too close to a transformer on a night out with friends when he was younger. He and his friends climbed on top of a transformer platform on a power pole.

“It all just happened so fast. And that’s the thing, a split second of poor judgement, a lifetime of change starts there. Knowing that electricity can jump and these high voltage wires are so volatile, there just needs to be a respect for it.”

Phillips will be sharing his story with students as a warning about the dangers associated with electricity and electrical equipment.

Eric Phillips’ story.