This storybook features two young children who learn about electrical and gas safety in the home, including what gas leaks smell like. Read the story as a class to introduce your students to these important safety messages.
Skills supporting learning standards: listening comprehension, making inferences, interpreting illustrations, participating in group discussions
Copies of “The Power Safety Team Mini-Storybook”
To start the lesson, ask students:
- What do you do to be safe around electricity? (Answers might include
not putting anything into an outlet, not playing with electric equipment or cords, etc.)
- Why is it important to be safe near electricity? (You could get shocked
- Some appliances such as stoves, heaters, and clothes dryers may need natural gas to work. Does anyone know what natural gas smells like? (Explain that it smells like rotten eggs.)
- Is it important to be safe near gas? Why or why not? (Students might note that being unsafe near gas could cause a fire.)
Explain to students that you're going to read a story so they can learn some things they can do to be safe. Distribute the mini-storybooks so students can follow along as you read to the class. After reading, review what Lucy and Mateo learned. Ask students:
- What does gas smell like? (Rotten eggs.)
- What should you do if you smell gas? (Tell a grown-up.)
- What should you do if you see a cord or electric wire that is broken? (Stay away and tell a grown-up.)
- What does Lucy say doesn’t go together? (Electricity and liquids. Remind students that they should keep drinks away from electronics, and that electronics should not be near water.)
When done, send the storybooks home for kids to read with their parents.
We also encourage you to make copies of the energy safety tips for families and send the page home with students. The page includes gas and electrical safety tips that could help keep families safe.