26 September 2023

Wiggles plug in ‘Electricity’ for safety campaign

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The Office of Industrial Relations has entered a relationship with the children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles to help teach children and their families about electrical safety through its new song, Electricity.

Minister for Industrial Relations, Grace Grace said the partnership was formed with The Wiggles to help spread the word about the dangers of electricity in a campaign to run until 2025.

“It will include the new song, Electricity, which will help teach kids what electricity is, and how it powers things like appliances that make sure we have hot potatoes and cold spaghetti,” Ms Grace said.

“As the song says: Even though it can’t be seen, electricity can be dangerous.

She said the campaign included tips for parents about replacing damaged electrical equipment, power points, chargers and leads, installing dummy plugs on power points, and how to spot the regulatory compliance mark.

Ms Grace said the partnership with The Wiggles would be vital to ensuring the safety messages reached a wide audience.

“The Wiggles perform, on average, to one million people per year,” the Minister said.

“The group has sold 30 million albums and DVDs since the 1990s and has earned multiple Gold, Platinum and double-Platinum records.

“Not only will toddlers and kindergartners be bopping along to Electricity, but parents who were raised listening to The Wiggles will be tapping their feet along too.”

Data from Queensland Health shows there were 50 episodes of admitted patient care for children 12 and under between January 2018 and December 2020 after exposure to electric current.

Of these, most had received electrical burns, with the majority to the wrist and hand.

The Wiggles’ new electricity song can be accessed at this PS News link.

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