Lesson learned: PSE&G teaches kids about natural gas safety

“EWWWW!” That was the collective reaction of more than 200 kids when they smelled the natural gas scratch and sniff cards when I visited some of our youngest customers recently. I made the trip to summer camps for kindergarteners in Lawrence Township and West Deptford, NJ as part of PSE&G’s Natural Gas Safety Program. During the program children used the cards to identify the smell of natural gas (think rotten eggs) to help them detect a leak. The children learned what to do if they suspect a leak:

  1. Tell an adult
  2. Leave the home (without touching any light switches or appliances on the way out)
  3. Move at least 350 feet away
  4. Call 911

The children really enjoyed the gas safety house game in which they used their new gas safety tips to point out unsafe situations in a home.  In addition, the children learned about utility markouts and the importance of calling 811 before digging. In fact, PSE&G may have recruited a future employee as one student got so excited he asked if he could work for us one day!

Since this program began in 2016, PSE&G representatives have visited 32 schools and spoken to nearly 5,000 kids. That’s a lot of gas safety!

It was a very rewarding day knowing that I helped arm these children with information about gas safety that they will, hopefully, remember and share with their friends and family.

To learn more about natural gas safety, visit https://nj.pseg.com/safetyandreliability/gassafety

Jamie Donatiello Process Analyst- PSE&G Gas Distribution

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