Smell and Tell Firefighter Video Contest

**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. **

OH-1 OFFICIAL RULES

Please read these Official Contest Rules (these “Official Rules”) of Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc.’s Smell and Tell Firefighter Video Contest (the “Contest”). You must agree to accept and comply with these Official Rules to participate in the Contest. 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE OR IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.

Sponsor. Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc., an Ohio corporation (the “Sponsor” or “Columbia Gas of Ohio”), whose principal business address is 290 West Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215.

Who Can Enter? The Contest is open to fire departments that are located in the Columbia Gas of Ohio service territory (each participating fire department, an “Entrant”). More than one Entry per fire department will be accepted.

The Columbia Gas of Ohio service territory can be identified by the following ZIP codes:   43001, 43002, 43003, 43004, 43005, 43008, 43011, 43013, 43014, 43015, 43016, 43017, 43018, 43019, 43021, 43022, 43023, 43025, 43026, 43027, 43028, 43030, 43031, 43032, 43033, 43035, 43036, 43037, 43040, 43044, 43045, 43046, 43048, 43050, 43054, 43055, 43056, 43062, 43064, 43065, 43068, 43071, 43073, 43074, 43076, 43078, 43080, 43081, 43082, 43085, 43101, 43102, 43103, 43105, 43107, 43109, 43110, 43111, 43112, 43113, 43116, 43117, 43119, 43123,43125, 43126, 43127, 43130, 43135, 43136, 43137, 43138, 43140, 43143, 43144, 43146, 43147, 43148, 43149, 43150, 43152, 43153, 43154, 43155, 43157, 43158, 43162, 43163, 43164, 43201, 43202, 43203, 43204, 43205, 43206, 43207, 43208, 43209, 43210, 43211, 43212, 43213, 43214, 43215, 43216, 43217, 43218, 43219, 43220, 43221, 43222, 43223, 43224, 43225, 43227, 43228, 43229, 43230, 43231, 43232, 43235, 43236, 43240, 43301, 43302, 43310, 43314, 43315, 43316, 43319, 43320, 43321, 43322, 43323, 43325, 43326, 43331, 43332, 43334, 43337, 43338, 43340, 43341, 43342, 43344, 43345, 43346, 43350, 43351, 43356, 43357, 43358, 43359, 43402, 43406, 43408, 43410, 43412, 43413, 43416, 43420, 43430, 43431, 43433, 43435, 43439, 43440, 43441, 43443, 43445, 43447, 43449, 43450, 43451, 43452, 43457, 43460, 43462, 43463, 43465, 43466, 43468, 43469, 43515, 43528, 43537, 43551, 43552, 43560, 43601, 43602, 43604, 43605, 43606, 43607, 43608, 43609, 43610, 43611, 43612, 43613, 43614, 43615, 43616, 43617, 43618, 43619, 43620, 43623, 43624, 43701, 43702, 43711, 43713, 43717, 43718, 43719, 43722, 43723, 43724, 43725, 43727, 43728, 43729, 43730, 43731, 43732, 43733, 43735, 43738, 43741, 43743, 43748, 43749, 43755, 43756, 43758, 43759, 43762, 43764, 43766, 43767, 43768, 43770, 43772, 43773, 43775, 43777, 43778, 43779, 43780, 43782, 43783, 43786, 43787, 43788, 43791, 43793, 43802, 43811, 43812, 43821, 43822, 43824, 43830, 43832, 43837, 43842, 43844, 43845, 43902, 43903, 43904, 43906, 43907, 43908, 43909, 43910, 43912, 43913, 43915, 43920, 43926, 43928, 43930, 43931, 43932, 43933, 43934, 43935, 43938, 43940, 43943, 43944, 43945, 43946, 43947, 43950, 43952, 43953, 43961, 43962, 43963, 43964, 43966, 43967, 43968, 43971, 43976, 43977, 43981, 43984, 43986, 43988, 44001, 44011, 44012, 44017, 44028, 44035, 44036, 44039, 44044, 44049, 44050, 44052, 44053, 44054, 44055, 44074, 44089, 44090, 44109, 44129, 44130, 44131, 44133, 44134, 44136, 44138, 44140, 44142, 44145, 44146, 44147, 44149, 44212, 44214, 44215, 44217, 44233, 44251, 44253, 44254, 44256, 44270, 44273, 44274, 44275, 44276, 44280, 44281, 44286, 44287, 44321, 44406, 44408, 44413, 44423, 44427, 44431, 44432, 44441, 44443, 44445, 44449, 44451, 44452, 44455, 44460, 44490, 44493, 44514, 44601, 44606, 44608, 44609, 44611, 44612, 44613, 44615, 44618, 44619, 44624, 44625, 44626, 44627, 44628, 44629, 44631, 44633, 44634, 44637, 44638, 44643, 44644, 44646, 44647, 44651, 44654, 44657, 44659, 44661, 44662, 44665, 44666, 44672, 44676, 44680, 44688, 44689, 44691, 44697, 44801, 44802, 44804, 44805, 44807, 44809, 44811, 44813, 44814, 44816, 44817, 44818, 44820, 44822, 44824, 44826, 44827, 44828, 44829, 44830, 44833, 44836, 44837, 44838, 44839, 44840, 44842, 44843, 44844, 44846, 44847, 44848, 44849, 44850, 44851, 44853, 44854, 44856, 44857, 44859, 44861, 44864, 44865, 44866, 44867, 44870, 44874, 44875, 44878, 44880, 44882, 44883, 44887, 44889, 44890, 44901, 44902, 44903, 44904, 44905, 44906, 44907, 45036, 45319, 45323, 45324, 45344, 45368, 45369, 45372, 45387, 45501, 45502, 45503, 45504, 45505, 45506, 45601, 45611, 45614, 45619, 45620, 45621, 45622, 45629, 45631, 45633, 45634, 45638, 45640, 45643, 45644, 45645, 45647, 45648, 45651, 45653, 45656, 45659, 45662, 45669, 45672, 45674, 45680, 45682, 45685, 45688, 45692, 45694, 45701, 45710, 45711, 45712, 45713, 45714, 45716, 45719, 45720, 45723, 45724, 45729, 45732, 45735, 45739, 45740, 45742, 45743, 45750, 45760, 45761, 45764, 45766, 45769, 45770, 45771, 45772, 45776, 45777, 45778, 45780, 45781, 45782, 45784, 45786, 45804, 45810, 45812, 45839, 45840, 45850, 45859, 45872, 45889, 45890, 45896

The Contest website is operated by a third party, WooBox (“Woobox”).   Woobox is not affiliated with Sponsor. Video entries and information provided though the Contest website to enter the Contest will be subject to Woobox Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, READ THEM CAREFULLY.  Sponsor has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, terms of use, privacy policies, or practices of Woobox websites or services. Sponsor encourages you to be aware when you access some features of the Contest website or other website or services which are provided by, with or through Woobox or any other third party, to read the terms and conditions and privacy policy of such third party's website and service that you access. The information collected in connection with the Contest will also be shared with Sponsor. 

When Does the Contest Begin? The Contest begins on March 22, 2018 and submitted videos (each an “Entry”) will be accepted through April 13, 2018 (the “Contest Period”).

How to Enter? To enter the Contest, each Entrant must submit its Entry to Columbia Gas of Ohio during the Contest Period and represents and warrants that it has met the following entry criteria:

  • Entries must be no longer than 60 seconds
  • Entries must promote natural gas safety.
  • Entries must directly mention both:
    • “One way to identify natural gas is a rotten-egg odor,” and
    • “If you smell a rotten-egg odor, it may mean danger. It’s time to stop what you’re doing, leave the area immediately, and call 911 and Columbia Gas.”
  • Entries must be the original work of the Entrant.
  • Entries must not have been previously published, aired, distributed or have won an award in any other competition.
  • Entries must not include inappropriate language or imagery as determined by Sponsor.
  • Entries must not include persons or entities that have not consented to Entrant’s inclusion of them in the video.
  • Entries must not include or encourage unsafe activities.
  • Entries must not infringe the intellectual property right of any other person or entity.
  • Entries must be correctly “tagged”.
  • Entries must comply with the specific requirements of the social media outlet through which Entrant participates in the Contest.

Entries may be submitted in one of two ways:

  • Entries may be submitted online during the Contest Period by following these instructions:
  • Entries may be submitted by mail during the Contest Period by following these instructions:
    • Videos must be in .mov or .mp4 format.
    • Videos must be accompanied by a completed entry form. Smell and Tell Video Contest Official Entry Form
    • Entries must be received by Sponsor during the Contest Period by mail to:
      Attn: Columbia Gas of Ohio Smell and Tell Firefighter Video Contest
      4030 Easton Station, Suite 300
      Columbus, OH 43219

How is the Winner Determined? Each Entry will be uploaded through the Sponsor’s Facebook page on or before April 13, 2018. Online voting by the public will take place between April 16, 2018 and April 30, 2018 through Sponsor’s Facebook page.  Voters may vote for one Entry each day during the voting period. The one Entry receiving the most votes (received through Woobox during the Contest Period, as recorded by Woobox’s web servers - the official vote recording device) by the end of the voting period will be the Winning Entry. The Entrant that submitted the Winning Entry will be the Winner. In the event of a tie, the Sponsor, in its sole discretion will determine the Winning Entry from between the two tying Entries. The Winner will be subject to approval by Sponsor pending confirmation of the Winner’s compliance with these Official Rules. All decisions of the Sponsor regarding any and all aspects of the Contest shall be final, binding and non-appealable.

What Is The Prize? One Prize will be awarded.  The Winner will receive a $5,000 donation (the “Prize”) from Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc. to support the fire department’s continued effort to keep local communities safe through service. The Winner is responsible for payment of any and all applicable local, state and federal taxes.

How will the Winner be Notified? The Winner will be notified via email and/or telephone by 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2018.  The Winner must complete, sign and return an affidavit in accordance with these Official Rules. If the Winner fails to respond to Sponsor within 48 hours after being notified by Sponsor via email or telephone, or if such notification or the Prize itself is returned as undelivered, or if the affidavit is not timely returned, then the Winner may be deemed to have forfeited any and all rights to receive the Prize, and Sponsor will select an alternate winner based its sole discretion from among the remaining eligible Entries. The Winner should allow 4 to 6 weeks from the close of the contest to receive the Prize.

How Can I Find Out Who Won the Prize? To obtain the name of the Winner, send a self-addressed stamped business-size envelope, to:
Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc.
Attn: Bill Loomer, Smell and Tell Video Contest/Communications Department OH-1 Results
7080 Fry Road Middleburg Hts, OH 44130.

Requests received after June 14, 2018 will not be honored.

Ownership of Contest Materials. Once submitted, Entries (and related entry materials and information) will become the property of Sponsor and may be used by Sponsor for any purpose including commercial purposes in connection with its business. Receipt of Entry materials and information will neither be acknowledged nor returned.

Consent to Use Name and Other Information. By entering the Contest or claiming the Prize, Entrants and/or the subject(s) of videos (and if a minor, their parent or legal guardian) consent, and agree to confirm that consent in writing upon request, to Sponsor and its affiliates (including their agents and assigns), the irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive right, in perpetuity, (i) to the use of their and their minor dependents’ name, voice, picture, and likeness in connection with the videos, and (ii) to the use of the videos, which may be altered, changed, modified, edited, used alone, together or with other works, and/or in distorted form, as solely determined by Sponsor, in each case at any time(s) and in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, including on the Internet and World Wide Web, for advertising, commercial, trade and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law, and without notice, review or approval. Upon request of Sponsor, contestants shall, and shall take all reasonable efforts to cause Subjects to, execute and deliver such additional instruments of license or waiver as may be solely deemed by Sponsor to be reasonably necessary to establish Sponsor’s rights in and to the entry videos and to permit their use as set forth herein. Should Sponsor fail to request any licenses as stated herein, that shall not be deemed a waiver of Sponsor’s right to do so, and Sponsor may at a later time request the licenses, and contestants and Subjects agree to honor such a request. If a subject is considered a minor in their jurisdiction of residence the parent or legal guardian must sign on behalf of the minor.

Other Conditions to Entry.

  • By submitting any Entry, each Entrant certifies that such Entry has been validly authorized (including by the fire department chief as necessary) and that Sponsor may display the submitted video or any portion thereof on any of Sponsor’s promotional material, including Sponsor’s social media platforms.
  • Sponsor is not responsible for any late, lost or misdirected Entries or for any other Contest entry malfunctions. If for any reason the Contest is unable to run as planned, Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest in its sole discretion
  • All Internet access and usage charges associated with entering the Contest are Entrant’s sole responsibility.
  • Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, any Entries submitted to the Contest. Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of application or Entry to be received by the Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestions on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Entrant’s  or any other entity’s or person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the Contest.  Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost or misdirected Entries.
  • Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to exclude from the Contest any Entries that are off-topic, offensive, profane, hateful, harassing, threatening or obscene; contain personal attacks; contain spam; have links or advertisements; violate copyright or intellectual property rights; or violate the Terms of Use of Facebook or YouTube. Any such videos are ineligible to participate in the Contest.
  • The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, YouTube or any other third-party platform used by the Sponsor to promote the Contest. Facebook® is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.
  • The Winner will be required to furnish a signed affidavit or such other documentation acknowledging Winner’s acceptance and compliance with these Official Rules, confirming Winner’s eligibility to participate in the Contest, and providing the Sponsor any other reasonably requested information. Failure to furnish such information and signed affidavit within the time period stated in the Sponsor’s request may cause disqualification.
  • By participating in the Contest, Entrant’s and all participants in the video fully and unconditionally agree to accept these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest.
  • These Official Rules and any disputes relating thereto are governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio, without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Ohio. THE CONTEST IS VOID WHEREVER PROHIBITED BY LAW.
  • To the extent allowed by law, Entrant and all participants in the video hereby agree to release, defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, Facebook, YouTube, Woobox and their parent companies, subsidiaries and other affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, managers, members, partners, agents, employees and representatives, (collectively, “Releasees”), from any and all claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by Entrant’s or other participants  participation in the video and or Contest or participation in any Contest related activity. Entrant and all such participants agree that Releasees shall not be liable for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting from Entrant’s or other participant’s participation in the video and or Contest or any Contest related activity or from the acceptance or use of any Prize awarded.
  • Entrant and participants in the video expressly agree, irrevocably and in perpetuity, that (i) any and all disputes, claims, actions and causes of actions arising out of or in connection with the Contest, any Contest related activity, or any Prize awarded hereunder, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and any judicial proceeding shall be brought and shall take place exclusively in a federal or state court located in the State of Ohio; and Entrant and participants in the video  agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of such courts; (ii) any and all claims, judgments, damages, and awards shall be limited strictly to actual out-of-pocket costs actually incurred by Entrant and paid to a third party, excluding attorneys’ fees; and (iii) under no circumstances shall Entrant or participants in the video be permitted to obtain awards for, and each hereby waives any and all rights to claim, punitive, exemplary, special, consequential, incidental, indirect and/or other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses actually incurred by Entrant and paid to a third party.
  • These Official Rules are in addition to any terms and conditions imposed by Facebook, YouTube or Woobox regarding the use of its social media services. In the event of a conflict between such terms and the terms of these Official Rules, the terms of these Official Rules shall control with respect to the Contest. 
  • Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement.  If you believe that any video or other materials posted on the Contest website or other Woobox website copy your work in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide Woobox with the following information:
    • the electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
    • a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you    claim has been infringed;
    • a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Woobox website;
    • your address, telephone number, and email address;

    • your statement that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and

    • a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf

Notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be made as follows:

By mail: Copyright Agent c/o Woobox, 101 E 6th Street Suite 220 Vancouver, WA 98660
By phone: 1-360-450-5200
By email: support@woobox.com

Woobox may, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, disable and/or terminate the accounts of repeat infringers.