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Columbia Gas of Ohio launches firefighter video contest to promote natural gas safety

Monday, March 26, 2018

**The Smell and Tell Firefighter Video Contest entry period has been extended. Fire departments within the Columbia Gas Service Territory now have until Friday, April 20 to submit a video. Entry criteria will remain the same. Voting will take place from April 23 – May 7 and the winning fire department will be notified on or before May 9.**

We're launching the Smell and Tell Firefighter Video Contest, challenging fire departments throughout our service* territory to create videos demonstrating natural gas safety. From March 22 – April 13, fire departments can submit videos educating the public on how to “smell and tell” – how to identify the presence of natural gas and properly report it – for a chance to win $5,000.

We're launching the contest to raise awareness on how to identify the presence of natural gas. Though natural gas is colorless and odorless, a rotten-egg odor, mercaptan, is added to make detection easier. Natural gas is safe when used properly, but it is still critical Ohioans are able to identify natural gas and then take immediate action to keep themselves, their families and their neighbors safe.

“We’re launching the contest to educate the public on how to identify natural gas and remind them what to do should they ever need to act in an emergency,” said Columbia Gas Communications Manager Bill Loomer. “Our communities couldn’t stay safe without the critical work of local fire departments, so we’re looking forward to rewarding the contest winner with $5,000 to support their continued safety efforts.”

Fire departments interested in participating should submit one-minute videos conveying the Smell and Tell safety message via the Columbia Gas Facebook page (By clicking this link you will be leaving the Columbia Gas website.**) between now and April 13, 2018. Videos meeting the entry criteria will be shared on the Columbia Gas Facebook page April 16 – April 30 for public voting. The fire department with the video that receives the most votes at the end of the voting period will win $5,000 to support their continued efforts to keep local communities safe. Click here for full contest rules. No purchase necessary.

The contest is part of our continued efforts to keep customers and the community safe. We also operate a training center in central Ohio where we offers first responders hands-on learning opportunities related to the proper handling of natural gas emergencies.

For residents and anyone interest in learning more about natural gas safety, more information can be found at columbiagasohio.com/groundrules.


Bill Loomer
Columbia Gas

Fahlgren Mortine on behalf of Columbia Gas
Angela Hall


*The Columbia Gas of Ohio Service Territory is defined by ZIP code. The Official Contest Rules include a complete listing of ZIP codes within the service territory.

**No purchase necessary. See Official Contest Rules. Subject to Woobox, Facebook and YouTube Terms & Conditions. Facebook and YouTube do not endorse, sponsor or administer the Contest.