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Internet Safety Service Aids Teachers Sierra Pacific Unveils New Kids'Safety Website

Oct 29, 2000

Sierra Pacific Power Company
Contact: Bob Sagan
Phone: 775.834.4834

For Immediate Release

"Electrical Safety World" is a new website introduced by Sierra Pacific Power Co. to provide elementary and middle school teachers with a valuable tool that helps teach students how to behave safely around electricity.

Electrical Safety World uses information, experiments, games and activities to teach students the principles and practices of electric safety. The website is geared to a wide range of interests and reading levels. Even non-readers will be able to play the games with adult assistance.

In addition to a wealth of electric safety information, the interactive site also provides a two-part teacher's guide, a glossary of terms, and links to related sites. Students can even print out a certificate that identifies them as"Certified Electric Safety Experts."

Part I of the teacher's guide describes the contents of each section of the website. Part II contains questions and activities teachers can use to focus students'attention on key electrical safety messages. The guide's second part also gives teachers the background they need to set up and teach the four hands-on experiments found on the site.

"Every year in the United States, thousands of people are killed or injured from contact with electricity," said Karen Foster, Sierra Pacific's manager of Community Relations."Sadly, some of these victims are children who don't have a clue as to the hazards involved. We feel that the more kids know about how electricity works, the better they can keep themselves and others safe."

The new site augments the efforts of Sierra Pacific's Speakers'Bureau, a group of employee volunteers who make presentations to schools and other community organizations on a wide range of topics, including safety.