Keeping kids safe is one of the most important things we can do.

It’s why PPL Electric Utilities has been teaming up with The National Theatre for Children (NTC) to teach youngsters throughout our service territory about the dangers that lurk around power lines and other electrical equipment.

Our latest tour of schools – we’ll visit about 30 schools – begins March 13 and runs for three weeks with visits to many parts of our service territory, from Wilkes-Barre and Berwick to Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg.

We expect to reach more than 11,000 during the three-week period, which will help us progress toward our goal of delivering our message to 100,000 children over the next several years. We’ve already done performances for about 20,000 students heading into this year, so we’re well on our way.

A duo of actors from NTC puts on a show called “Safety Detectives in Hot Pursuit,” teaching children about the dangers of electricity and what to do to avoid getting shocked and burned.

One teacher who saw the program last year described it as a high-energy and attention-grabbing program. “This is such an important lesson to our kids,” she said.

The actors sprinkle their share of humor into the half-hour show, but the message is serious. 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.

Our hope is that the program will help reduce the number of those incidents that leave a lasting impact on injured children and their families.