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Yankee Gas Services Company
P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141-0270
NATURAL GAS SAFETY PROGRAM REACHES 4800 FOURTH GRADERS
Safety program presented at 63 elementary schools in 31 towns across Connecticut
BERLIN, Conn., June 12, 2006 (NYSE:NU) — What is found deep underground, can be used to heat your home or cook a pizza, and contributes to cleaner air? Fourth graders at 63 Connecticut elementary schools can tell you that it's natural gas. These students also know that if they detect a "rotten egg" smell in their home, they should leave and go to a neighbor's house to call the natural gas company. These are just some of the lessons learned by more than 4800 students in 31 Connecticut towns during the 2005-06 school year, thanks to an educational program sponsored by Yankee Gas.
The program is designed to increase public awareness of natural gas safety. The presentations cover basic information, such as where natural gas comes from, how it is transported through underground pipelines to customers, and why natural gas is a clean, efficient energy source that is good for the environment. Yankee Gas employees also show students what natural gas meters and valves look like and let students try on protective gear, such as hard hats, safety goggles, ear protection and safety vests.
"Teaching natural gas safety is the most important goal of our program," said Kevin Dupre, director of Gas Operations. "Students are given scratch-n-sniff cards so they can identify the "rotten egg" smell of natural gas. We explain that because natural gas is odorless and colorless, we add a chemical to make it smell like rotten eggs, so it's easier to detect leaks."
"The students learn the safety steps to take if they smell natural gas," added Dupre. These steps include leaving the house immediately, without touching light switches or using any appliances and going to a neighbor's house to call the gas company.
Yankee Gas Services Company (Yankee Gas) is Connecticut's largest natural gas distribution company, delivering safe, reliable natural gas service to approximately 196,000 customers in 71 cities and towns. Yankee Gas is expanding Connecticut's energy options and increasing customer choice by extending the availability of clean, efficient natural gas throughout the state. Yankee Gas is part of the Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.yankeegas.com.
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