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Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania adds hundreds of Carbon Monoxide detectors to Trick-or-Treat bags in New Oxford this Halloween

Monday, October 30, 2017

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Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc. in partnership with United Hook and Ladder Company 33, distributed complimentary combination carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to New Oxford families in need.

Of approximately 1,200 detectors distributed statewide, 320 were available for pick-up at New Oxford Center Square during the community’s annual Halloween activities.

“Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, non-corrosive gas that can be a by-product of the combustion of ordinary fuels,” explained Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Health Safety and Environmental Coordinator Nicholas Joseph. “Carbon monoxide can become very poisonous if it is not vented properly and if allowed to accumulate without sufficient oxygen.”

If families missed the opportunity to pick-up a free detector, Columbia Gas has partnered with First Alert to provide a 20% discount on various carbon monoxide detectors if ordered online at Offer expires 11-30-17.

“You may not expect to pick up a home safety device during your Halloween trick-or-treating, but that’s exactly what we wanted to do for the families throughout New Oxford,” said Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania General Manager Mike Davidson. “We need to keep our communities safe and the surest way to know if there is carbon monoxide in your home is with a detector.”

“Throughout the year we respond to multiple emergency carbon monoxide calls,” said United Hook & Ladder Co. #33 Deputy Fire Chief Nicholas Shaffer. “Because you cannot see, taste, or smell carbon monoxide, it is extremely important for residents to have a carbon monoxide detector. Through the donation we are confident many families who could not afford a carbon monoxide detector now have access to one.”

For more information on Carbon Monoxide safety, including what to do if carbon monoxide is in your home and steps to take if you believe carbon monoxide has accumulated, please visit

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