Press Release

PSEG Long Island Engineer and Smithtown Dad Sparks Awareness of Electrical Safety at Son’s Nursery School

(Uniondale, NY – March 27, 2019) — Knowing it’s never too early to talk about electric safety to students, employee-volunteer and Smithtown dad Larry Torres presented PSEG Long Island’s Electric Safety Town to students at his son’s nursery school in Smithtown. Torres is manager of distribution operations for the company, where he has worked for the past 28 years.

Electric Safety Town is an interactive presentation that teaches young people how to stay safe in potentially dangerous situations. Using a tabletop model of a small neighborhood with power lines, a house, school bus and various other potential hazards, the display illustrates real-life examples that teach the principles of electric safety in a visual way.

During the half-hour demonstration, the preschoolers at the Smithtown Nursery Co-Op were encouraged to ask and answer questions as Torres, whose three-year-old son attends the school, discussed various scenarios, such as what could happen when a person comes in contact with something that’s energized, like a bus or fence, with a downed wire on it.

“I love to see the reaction of children when I do the demonstration,” said Torres. “They’re naturally curious. It’s amazing how many adults are not aware of the hazards associated with downed wires, so how can we expect children to know? Electric Safety Town gives us a a great opportunity to educate children so they can educate their parents as well.”

Among other lessons, the preschoolers learned never to assume a downed power line is de-energized, never to touch a downed wire, never to stick anything into an electrical socket except for a plug, and to always proceed with caution around electricity and tell their parents to do the same.

“Safety is always PSEG Long Island’s top priority, and educating young people about electrical safety aligns perfectly with the company’s commitment to serving our communities,” said Jorge Jimenez, director of customer experience and marketing for PSEG Long Island. “The Electric Safety Town demonstration was developed as a kid-friendly, interactive and fun way to educate young children about electric safety and teach them how to stay safe in various scenarios.”

Throughout the school year, safety presentations are provided across Long Island and in the Rockaways. Torres typically volunteers three to four times each year. This one was extra special because he was able to share his safety message with his son and the class.

For information on having Electric Safety Town at a school, camp or event, please complete the Community Partnership Program request form on PSEG Long Island’s website at https://www.psegliny.com/inthecommunity/communitypartnership/presentationrequestform or send a request to CommunityLI@pseg.com.

PSEG Long Island is committed to giving back to the people and communities it serves by actively supporting hundreds of local charity events each year through the company’s Community Partnership Program. Last year, PSEG Long Island employees logged more than 26,000 service hours volunteering at 1,145 fundraising and community events to support more than 400 organizations. For more information on how PSEG Long Island supports the communities it serves, visit https://www.psegliny.com/inthecommunity/communitypartnership.

Preschoolers and teachers at Smithtown Nursery Co-Op in Smithtown pose in  their new hard hats with PSEG Long Island employee-volunteers Larry Torres (whose son, Nicholas is in the front row) and Ellie Palmieri, of Huntington Station (both standing in back).Torres and Palmieri presented an Electric Safety Town demonstration to the students to educate them on what to do, and not to do, in certain emergency situations. 

 

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PSEG Long Island
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a long-term contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company.