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Free Gas And Electric Safety Materials Available To Kids, Educators And Parents Through PG&E's "Safe Kids" Program

Release Date: September 6, 2012
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – With the new school year now underway, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds educators and parents about the availability of popular safety lessons that aim to inform kids about gas and electric safety and emergency preparedness – free of charge. Easy-to-use, online safety lessons and standards-based materials for elementary and middle school teachers can be found on PG&E's Safe Kids website at www.pge.com/safekids.

Over the past 12 years, PG&E has provided free safety education materials to teachers in schools throughout our service area. Teachers regularly comment that the materials are fun and effective in helping them teach their students the importance of gas and electric safety.
PG&E offers these important safety tips for children and adults:

Electric Safety Tips
  • Never go near downed power lines. Treat all downed lines as if they are energized and extremely dangerous. If you encounter a downed line, keep others away and call 911 and PG&E at 1-800-743-5000 immediately.
  • Remind children that only safety caps and plugs should go into electrical outlets.
  • Remind children to keep electrical cords and appliances away from water.
Gas Safety Tips
  • If you smell or hear gas escaping inside your home, get everyone outside to a location upwind where you no longer can smell natural gas. Do not use electrical switches, appliances or telephones, because sparks can ignite gas from broken gas lines. Do not check for a gas leak with a match or an open flame. Once outside, use your phone from a safe distance to call 911 and PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.
  • Children should not play near natural gas appliances or equipment like ovens, water heaters and furnaces.
  • Children should remember the three important messages about natural gas. Smell, Leave and Tell!

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 http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com.

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