PPL Electric Utilities has found a novel way of teaching youngsters about electricity – an eye-catching new children’s book that’s being made available to children across Pennsylvania.

The company is making the book – “How We Stay Safe Around Electricity” – available at no cost to schools within PPL’s 29-county service territory. Schools can order the books for fourth grade classes.

The 28-page book provides information about how electricity works, staying away from downed wires, calling 811 before digging and other electricity-related lessons. The illustrations are the work of artist Mick McGinty.

“It’s important for people to learn at a young age how to stay safe near power lines and other electrical equipment and how to avoid potential dangers near them,” said Mark Santayana, manger-Public Safety at PPL Electric Utilities. “This book captures many of the lessons we stress on a daily basis and our hope is that the young people who read it will share what they learn with their families and friends.”

The books are available to schools located in PPL’s service territory on a first come, first-served basis while book supplies last. Schools and teachers can order the books (for fourth grade students only) in quantities of 25 by placing orders here. School staff and teachers who order books must provide the school’s mailing address for shipping.

The new safety book is among several electrical safety education programs that PPL offers. The company also has sponsored electrical safety-themed theater programs in schools across its service territory, reaching more than 60,000 children. It provides electrical safety lessons through demonstrations with its Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit.