Reading, Writing and Readiness: PG&E Urges Parents, Students to Be Safe as the School Year Starts

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As the school year begins for students throughout Northern and Central
California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds parents,
students and teachers to keep electric and natural gas safety top of

Elementary school students are encouraged to visit PG&E’s Smart
website, which features fast-paced games, cool experiments, and
classroom and at-home challenges, along with other activities that will
entertain while offering important electric and natural gas safety tips.

Parents should discuss these important electric and gas service safety
tips with their children to ensure a safe school year:

  • Keep a safe distance from power lines, transformers, substations and
    electric work sites.
  • Do not climb power poles or throw objects into power lines.
  • Never attempt to retrieve any type of balloon, kite or toy that
    becomes caught in a power line. Leave it alone, and immediately call
    PG&E at 1-800-743-5000 to report the problem.
  • Never go near a power line that has fallen to the ground or is
    dangling in the air. Always assume downed electric lines are energized
    and extremely dangerous. Stay far away, keep others away and
    immediately call 911 to alert the police and fire departments.
  • Make it a priority to create an emergency plan to ensure that all
    household members know what to do when emergencies occur, including
    identifying two home escape routes and establishing a location where
    all family members can reunite after evacuating.
  • Never put anything into electrical outlets. Only adults should put
    safety caps and plugs into electrical outlets.
  • Keep electrical cords and appliances away from water and do not touch
    anything electrical with wet hands.
  • Do not play near natural gas appliances or equipment like ovens, water
    heaters, or furnaces.
  • Check to make sure a carbon monoxide detector is installed with fresh
    batteries, preferably near a sleeping area.
  • Remember the three important messages about natural gas: Smell, Leave
    and Tell!

    • If you smell natural gas in your house, tell an adult. If no adult
      is home, get everyone out of the house. Do not turn on lights or
      use the phone. Ask a neighbor for help.
  • Be sure that if an adult is planning a digging job at home, large or
    small, they call 811 at least two working days beforehand.

And safety remains important after the final school bell rings. In order
to help prevent injuries, PG&E urges all Pokémon GO players (parents,
teachers, and students) to exercise caution and be sure to catch their
Pokémon at a safe distance from electric and gas facilities and

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
(NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas
and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco,
with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the
nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and
Central California. For more information, visit


Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Paul Doherty, 415-973-5930