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We’re Launching a Statewide Egg Hunt to Promote Natural Gas Safety

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Starting Thursday, we’re launching a statewide egg hunt across nine Ohio cities. From April 6-15, local residents will have the chance to sniff out hidden eggs for the chance to win $100 gift card, all in the name of natural gas safety.

We’re launching the egg hunt to raise awareness on how to identify natural gas. Though natural gas is colorless and odorless, a rotten egg like 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 egg hunt as a fun way to educate the public on how to identify natural gas and stay safe, while also making it easier for them to retain the message should they ever need to act in an emergency,” said Communications Manager Dave Rau. “It’s important for Ohioans to know that if they do smell natural gas, they should leave the area immediately and go to a safe place to call 911 and then us at 1-800-344-4077. Then wait for a service crew to arrive.

The statewide egg hunt will travel to nine cities around the state including: Columbus, Springfield, Findlay, Toledo, Mansfield, Lorain, Alliance, Chillicothe and Zanesville. A 4-foot Columbia Gas of Ohio egg will be hidden in each community for a brief period of time. Clues to the secret location will be revealed on our Facebook and Twitter pages to help local residents find the egg. Those who are able to sniff out the hidden egg will be entered to win a $100 gift card prize – perfect for getting an early and safe start to springtime yard and home improvement projects. Click here for full contest rules. No purchase necessary.

Spring and summer are the seasons when most natural gas incidents occur due to an increase in construction projects, yard work or other home improvement projects that involve digging and damage to utility lines. To ensure a safe and successful project, follow the ground rules of natural gas safety.

Education is a proven way to ensure safety for all residents and businesses. For more information, go to columbiagasohio.com/groundrules.