At PPL Electric Utilities, our workers always put safety first.

We also want the people we serve to be safe around electricity.

We’re spreading that safety message to youngsters in our service area this month by bringing to a number of schools “Safety Detectives in Hot Pursuit,” an interactive stage act performed by the National Theatre for Children. We expect to reach about 7,500 kids with this round of presentations.

The performance is designed to teach children about the dangers of electricity and what to do to avoid shock and burns. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, nearly seven children are treated in hospital emergency rooms each day in the U.S. for electrical shock and burn injuries.

If the reaction from children at the first few events this week were any indication, it’s been quite a hit. At Elizabeth Martin Elementary School in Lancaster, for example, actors Eugene Barnes and Jamie Unger had children engaged throughout the half-hour show while sprinkling in plenty of humor.

PPL and the National Theatre for Children are visiting schools from Allentown to Lancaster and Stroudsburg to Scranton between Oct. 17 and Oct. 28.