Learning is always more fun when a magician is teaching
Like a hammer, saw, or screwdriver, electricity is a tool; when respected and used correctly, it is safe.
In contrast, when used improperly, abused, or ignored, it can be dangerous.
Electrical safety magician Scott Davis used his talents to teach students at seven elementary schools in the Mohave Electric Cooperative service area.
While no rabbits were being pulled from a hat, three pieces of material with a message did: Stop. Look. Think.
Before participating in activities such as climbing a tree or flying a kite, youths should take the time to stop, look up and around, and think about whether the chosen activity is safe or if the wiser choice might be to find another location if power lines were above.
The program, known as Making Accidents Disappear, is designed to help students understand both the benefits and potential dangers of electricity.
“Nothing should ever be placed in an electrical socket other than a what?” Davis asked the students.
“A plug,” students responded.
Davis used his magical disappearing outlet to drive home the point. When it became lost, Davis searched the area as students yelled: “it’s behind you.” And sure enough, there it appeared stuck to a back pocket.
It might not have been Houdini, but the message was delivered in a way students will remember.
“I’m excited Mohave Electric sponsors this program. Teaching electrical safety in a way that is memorable and fun for students is a real passion of mine,” Davis said. There is no performing art more universally loved among children than magic.”
The event, funded by assigned capital credits, is part of MEC’s commitment to safety.
“This is part of MEC’s commitment to the community,” said Terry Puryear, public affairs and communications coordinator at MEC. “Electricity has become increasingly safe over time, but education is always important.
“Electricity has become such an every day part of our lives, it’s easy to overlook. And that was one of Scott’s messages: don’t overlook, look.”