In October, in honor of the 27th annual anniversary of Public Power Week, Imperial Irrigation District began rolling out a new energy safety campaign to reach seventh and eighth grade students in the Imperial and Coachella valleys on the importance of indoor and outdoor electrical safety.
A newsletter, the “Safety Surge,” has been distributed to junior high schools. The newsletter contains information about where electricity comes from as well as how it is delivered to homes and businesses. IID is asking students to share the newsletter with their families.
“We are excited to promote energy safety through the educational system and hope to expand it to other grade levels, continuing it on an annual basis, similar to our successful water safety campaign,” said Marion Champion, communications officer. “It’s very important to respect electricity and to be safe when around it.”
To get students involved in spreading the message of electrical safety, IID is conducting a contest for the chance to win one of three iPod Touches or one of seven gift cards. Seventh and eighth grade students are asked to submit a song, poem, illustration, essay or a combination thereof expressing their electrical safety message. Entries must be received by Oct. 31. Winners will be announced during the week of Nov. 12.
For more information about IID’s energy safety program, please visit www.dippyduck.com.