Wiggles powered up to sing about safety

Published Saturday, 10 December, 2022 at 09:00 AM

Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing
The Honourable Grace Grace

The Wiggles have brought the Big Red Car to Queensland to teach kids and their families about electrical safety with their new song Electricity!

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace joined the Wiggles before their concert at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre to launch the song with a live acoustic performance.

Minister Grace said the Palaszczuk Government’s Electrical Safety Office had formed a partnership with the world-famous children’s’ music supergroup to help spread the word far and wide about the dangers of electricity.

“I’m absolutely thrilled the Palaszczuk Government has been able to partner with The Wiggles for this campaign, which will run through to 2025,” Ms Grace said.

“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.

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

“There are 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.”

Blue Wiggle Anthony Field said The Wiggles were proud to partner with the Queensland Government to educate children about electrical safety.

“For more than 30 years, The Wiggles have educated and entertained children and their families through music, song and dance,” Anthony said.

“We’ve created a new song along with our Wiggly friends that will have a positive impact on their education while helping to keep them safe.”

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

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

“They have sold 30 million albums and DVDs since the 1990s and have 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 OG Wiggles will be tapping their feet along too!”

Data from Queensland Health shows that there were 50 episodes of admitted patient care for children 12 years of age 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 new electricity song is available at www.electricalsafety.qld.gov.au/Wiggles


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