Safety presentation

Tucson Electric Power has launched a new program to teach second and third graders about electrical safety through a fun, interactive activity at no cost to schools.

This year, instructors are giving 100 presentations, lasting about 45 minutes each, in classrooms throughout the region through May. The Safety Land program will be available for free to teachers who request it starting again in August.

The new program expands on TEP’s longstanding commitment to education. Already, instructors teach middle school students about energy conservation through the company’s popular Bright Students program, which reached about 7,200 students last year.

Safety Land includes an interactive activity that is modeled after the board game Candy Land.

On large posters, students guide a dog character – Lumen, the Safety Pup – safely home from school, navigating hazards such as utility poles and electrical sockets. Instructors also provide information about solar power.

The lessons are delivered on TEP’s behalf by Tucson-based Environmental Education Exchange, a non-profit organization that aims to increase environmental awareness.

“The entire presentation is packaged around a fun game. The whole time, they are playing and learning about safety,” said Brian Stark, Program Manager of Environmental Education Exchange. “We really look forward to having this extended conversation with kids.”

Previously, TEP gave workbooks and activities to schools for elementary-age students. But the company wanted to increase its outreach and teach children about safety using proven methods to engage students, said Jennifer Cox, Special Projects Coordinator in TEP Government Relations.

Students also receive free bags with electric outlet covers, LED bulbs, night lights and safety information.

“Safety is hugely important to us,” Cox said. “We have a responsibility to our community to help kids be safe around our equipment.”

Those who would like more information or want to sign up for the program for the 2017-18 school year can contact Debbie Gevirtzman at debbie@eeexchange.org.