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PG&E Provides a Back-To-School Lesson in Safety Some Simple Steps Can Help Prepare Families for Emergencies

Release Date: August 24, 2011
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – As students return to campus for a new school year, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds families about the importance of being prepared in the event of an emergency. Simple steps like preparing an emergency kit or making an emergency plan for one's family can help keep loved ones connected and ready for a natural disaster. Most importantly, learning about the dangers of power lines or natural gas can prevent damage or serious injury.

Here are some important safety tips on electric and gas service:

  • Never go near downed power lines. Treat all downed lines as live and dangerous. If you encounter a downed line, stay far away and call PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5000 (1-800-743-5000) and 911 immediately
  • Only safety caps and plugs should go into electrical outlets
  • Make sure your hands are dry before you touch anything electrical, even if you think it is turned off
  • Keep electrical cords and appliances away from water
  • Do not play near natural gas appliances or equipment like ovens, water heaters, and furnaces
  • Remember the three important messages about natural gas: Smell, Leave and Tell
  • If you smell natural gas in your house, tell an adult. If no adult is home, get everyone out of the house. Do not turn on lights or use the phone. Ask a neighbor for help

Each year, PG&E's Safe Kids program provides safety education materials to more than 20,000 educators. The materials adhere to national and state teaching standards and support a variety of learning styles through individual and group learning activities, facilitated discussions, experiments, quizzes, and interactive online games. Teachers can order free Safe Kids materials for their classrooms by visiting PG&E's website at www.pge.com/safekids.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in northern and central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/about.

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