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Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania adds hundreds of Carbon Monoxide detectors to Trick-or-Treat Bags in Bellevue this Halloween

Monday, October 30, 2017

Utility partners with local non-profits to promote safety; $40,000 donation provided to four non-profit organizations across Pennsylvania

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc. in partnership with the Bellevue Volunteer Fire Company and non-profit, Friends of Bayne Library, distributed complimentary combination carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to Bellevue families in-need.

Of approximately 1,200 detectors distributed statewide, 320 were available for pick-up at the local Andrew Bayne Memorial Library 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 www.firstalertstore.com/columbiagas. 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 Bellevue,” 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 Bellevue Fire Marshall Jeff Wissner. “Because you cannot see, taste, or smell carbon monoxide it is extremely important for resident’s 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 www.ColumbiaGasPA.com/carbon-monoxide.

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