It’s becoming a familiar refrain inside schools throughout the state: “Open your eyes, be safety wise.”
Thousands of schoolchildren in communities served by PPL Electric Utilities found themselves chanting those words throughout March while watching special in-school theatrical performances about electrical safety.
They learned about electricity and the specific dangers it poses in and around the home. For example, they were taught about how to avoid frayed and damaged wires, and how far away to keep space heaters from walls and curtains.
The shows, presented by two actors from The National Theatre for Children, also taught children about conductors of electricity like metal and water and materials known as insulators – rubber, wood and some plastics – through which electricity does not travel easily. Check out this video from a recent performance at Schnecksville Elementary School in the Lehigh Valley’s Parkland School District:
PPL sponsored shows at 30 schools for the March tour, although some of the performances were postponed due to the unusual March snow storm. In all, 8,000-plus students saw “Safety Detectives In Hot Pursuit.” Over the past three years, the safety lesson has been provided to nearly 30,000 children.
PPL plans to reach 100,000 students over a five-year period.
Anne David, president of the Schnecksville Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization, for one, was impressed. She took in a performance at her school on March 21.
“The performance was fabulous,” she said. “Lots of energy. The kids loved it. It was very interactive. The kids really learned a lot.”