Head Start Children learn “Safety First” about Electricity
Children at Cesar Chavez Head Start learned how to use electricity safely during a presentation by the El Paso Electric company and its bulbous yellow mascot, Ernie G. Watts.
“We invite community experts to teach safety to the children in a way that is both entertaining and compressive to their age,” said Family Service Worker, Aracely Hernandez. “Safety is an important part of making children school and life ready. We want our children to practice safe habits and be able to recognize and avoid danger – not just in the classroom but at home or whatever environment they are in.”
Ernie and El Paso Electric’s Coordinator of Public and External Affairs, Alejandra Chavira used pictures and real world examples of familiar indoor and outdoor electrical sources such as power outlets, power cords, and power lines, to teach children about electricity and when to report dangerous situations to an adult. During the presentation children were asked to identify electrical dangers and proper safety procedures. Children received a hat, pencil and coloring book from El Paso Electric.
“We enjoy traveling to different schools and having the opportunity to teach kids about things like electricity and energy conservation, said Chavira. “Especially with children this young, who are very curious and adventurous; this is the time to teach them to respect electricity and stay away from common dangers that attract children their age, like outlets and loose wires.”
To schedule a visit from Ernie G. Watts at your school or organization visit www.epelectric.com.