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Electric Safety Demonstrations for Kids

Electric Safety Demonstrations for Kids

Attention teachers!

The first week of October, 2015, the City of Palo Alto Utilities is celebrating Public Power Week along with more than 2,000 other not-for-profit electric utilities nationwide. This is a campaign sponsored by the American Public Power Association to recognize utilities that deliver reliable, safe, and affordable electricity year-round. Public power works because we are community-owned and governed by local decision-makers, and perhaps most importantly, because we are staffed with hardworking employees who care about the community and take pride in safely serving our friends and neighbors.

During Public Power Week, several of Palo Alto’s Electric Utility Technicians are offering to visit schools and provide a public safety demonstration for students. It is important for our young community members to practice electrical safety and know what to do if they see a downed power line. Technicians use a miniature model of a home powered with live electricity and props to demonstrate the dangers of coming in contact with electric wires. This creates an engaging educational experience for students about the importance of electrical safety.

This year, we would like to visit your school to pass along these valuable safety tips! In the past, teachers have either had our technicians visit one classroom or combined classrooms for a larger group presentation. The presentation typically lasts around 30-40 minutes and the technicians can modify their presentation length as necessary.

If this is something of interest to you and you can find some time in your curriculum, please let us know! Our schedules are relatively flexible between Monday, October 5 and Friday, October 9, but please book your spot now before our schedules fill up!

Please contact the Palo Alto Unified School District’s Utilities Key Account Representative, Vic Farisato, or our Utilities Communications team directly at UtilitiesCommunications@CityofPaloAlto.org to reserve your spot. We look forward to visiting with you during Public Power Week 2015!

Last Updated: September 22, 2015