Another 9,000-plus school children across Pennsylvania received electrical safety lessons this fall courtesy of a popular PPL Electric Utilities program that brings live theater performances to elementary schools.
The Safety Detectives in Hot Pursuit show, designed to teach children a variety of long-lasting lessons about staying safe around electricity, is being delivered to 29 schools in PPL’s service territory on the latest tour.
By the end of the current tour, more than 62,000 children will have seen the performances since the program’s inception in 2015. The latest tour was held from Oct. 15 through Nov. 2.
Click here to see a video from a recent performance.
“The show was really good,” said Kelly DeJuzis, a first-grade teacher at St. Joseph School in Danville, Montour County, which saw one of the performances. “It was entertaining. It was fast paced. It kept the children’s attention. The children took away a variety of…electrical lessons from around the entire house.”
The program is put on by actors from The National Theatre for Children. It’s part of PPL’s plan to deliver electrical safety lessons to 100,000 students over a five-year period.
PPL delivers the program during spring and fall tours. It’s one of several ways the utility educates the public about electrical safety. It also offers an electrical safety program for contractors and first responders, a Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit that tours PPL’s service territory and safety presentations given by PPL employees.
The company also is preparing to release a brand new illustrated electrical safety book designed for fourth grade readers.
“We’re always looking for ways to share our electrical safety lessons with people of all ages,” said Mark Santayana, manager-Public Safety at PPL Electric Utilities. “But it’s particularly important to educate children at a young age about, for example, the danger of frayed wires and the fact that water and electricity don’t mix.
“The theater program has been highly successful, and we hope that the children who see the performances share what they learn with their friends, siblings and families.”
Another tour is planned for spring 2019. PPL Electric Utilities is offering the program to all elementary schools in its service territory that have 350 students or more.