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ROSEMEAD, Calif., Sept. 28, 2011 – As students settle in for a new school year, Southern California Edison (SCE) reminds teachers they can get free electrical safety curriculum materials for fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms.

Educators within SCE’s service territory may visit www.sce.com/kidsafety to order up to 35 lesson kits for each classroom.

“Because Southern California Edison puts such an emphasis on the safety of its communities, we are committed to providing teachers practical tools for electrical safety education,” said Bill Messner, SCE’s acting director of Corporate Health and Safety.

Here’s why electrical safety education is important: 

  • The most recent statistical data from the National Fire Protection Association indicate an annual average of almost 51,000 home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction. Those fires took nearly 500 lives, injuring more than 1,400 people, resulting in more than $1.3 billion in property damage. 
  • Statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission show that nearly 400 people are electrocuted in the United States each year.
  • The National Institutes of Health reports that though childhood deaths due to electrocution are rare, they are more likely to occur when children are playing around electrical wires or equipment, and often result from either faulty apparatus, or a lack of understanding of the potential dangers involved. The majority of deaths, 69 percent, occur in or around the home.

Each year since 2006, SCE has reached more than 4,000 schools in its service territory, distributing 187,000 booklets. The materials help teach students how to be safe around electrical appliances, including how to avoid contact with utility power lines and what to do in case of a utility emergency. They include customizable lesson plans, tests and worksheets. They were developed with the aid of safety professionals, utility experts, educators and curriculum specialists to conform to national and California educational standards. The content is designed to address requirements for science, health and safety disciplines.

SCE also has a Speakers Bureau that will give free presentations, in many languages, on electrical safety — among other topics — to schools, service clubs, business and faith-based organizations and senior and consumer groups. To learn more about Speakers Bureau, visit www.sce.com/speakersbureau or call (626) 302-7892.

About Southern California Edison
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Southern California Edison Supplies Free Electrical Safety Curriculum to Elementary School Teachers