If you have kids in pre-K through third grade, you may have been hearing about Louie the Lightning Bug and Sniffy the Sniffasaurus visiting their schools lately.
Sniffy the Sniffasaurus teaches children what natural gas is, how it is used in homes and businesses and how to be safe around natural gas, including what natural gas smells like and what to do if you smell natural gas.
Some of you may even remember Louie from public television. Louie the Lightning Bug has been around since the 1980s. Louie and Lenny, Louie’s younger lightning bug counterpart, teach children about electrical safety. Their messages warn children not to fly kites or climb trees near power lines, caution them to stay away from substations and other electrical facilities, tell them what to do if they encounter downed power lines and cover electrical safety in the home as well as where our electricity comes from and how it gets to homes.
Students colored pictures of Louie, which were judged. A prize was given to one winner in each class.
It’s important to talk to your kids about electrical safety. If you would like more information on electrical and natural gas safety, contact Fayetteville Public Utilities.