Nov. 20, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - NB Power has announced the launch of this year's XCord's Game Zone safety contest. NB Power employees will be celebrating the launch today at Sussex Corner Elementary School.
"Safety is our top priority at NB Power, and we are proud to work with schools across the province in order to educate children on the importance of being safe around electricity," said Duff Boyd, director of health and safety. "One of the ways we do this is through the XCord contest, in which students can learn about safety while having fun at the same time."
XCord's Game Zone offers children a variety of interactive games for which each player is given credits to start. To earn more credits, the player must read the safety rules and accurately answer questions about electrical safety.
New games will be added throughout the school year, which will allow students to earn more points and a chance to win a prize. In May, coinciding with Safe Kids Week 2009, the player with the highest score for all games will win the grand prize. This year, it is a Wii game system.
"We encourage all children to participate in this contest which is fun, informative and offers a chance to win some great prizes," said Boyd. "We also encourage them to visit the website for important electrical safety information."
These interactive games are part of NB Power's overall integrated public safety awareness campaign. It includes educating customers through radio, television, print, presentations and the Internet, and has been effective in reducing customer contact incidents.
The NB Power Group employs over 2,500 New Brunswickers, and consists of a holding company and four operating companies. The group operates one of North America's most diverse networks of generating stations, consisting of nuclear, hydro, coal, oil and diesel powered stations, with an installed net capacity of 3,959 MW. The NB Power Group is committed to providing safe, reliable and efficient power to its more than 375,000 customers in New Brunswick.
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