Many times kids can identify hazards and call attention to unsafe situations better than adults because they rely on their instincts and are quick to point out something that seems wrong. That’s why they make the perfect audience for a talk on gas safety.
Recently, I, along with some colleagues from PSE&G’s Gas Operations group, visited three recreation camps run by the Clifton School system to talk to 100 kids, ages 7-11. We explained to them that natural gas is a safe energy source that fuels their daily lives. We also educated them about the warning signs of a gas leak and the dangers of people digging without knowing what’s underground.
The children were very receptive. They were familiar with PSE&G and the services we provide and eager to learn from professionals. They felt good knowing how to help keep their friends and families safe.
We encourage you to have a conversation about gas safety with the children in your life. Here are some tips that could save them, and you, from harm.
Natural gas can be dangerous:
- Never play near appliances or on gas pipes or meters.
- Never turn on a gas stove without an adult.
- If the stove flame is yellow instead of blue, it may not be working correctly. Tell an adult.
- Never keep boxes or anything that can catch fire too close to a furnace, dryer or hot water heater.
You have to call before you dig!
- If you see your parents or neighbors digging outside and you do not see special yellow (for gas) or red paint (for electric) on the ground and/or matching flags, tell them to stop digging and call 811 – it’s the law. You can help prevent damage to underground gas and electric lines.
For more safety information, including “call before you dig,” visit www.pseg.com/safety.
Mike Donohue – Gas Distribution and Field Construction, PSE&G