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Natural gas is among the many industries that have benefitted from Black innovators


PHILADELPHIA (February 4, 2021) – During Black History Month, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) will honor the significant contributions of Black people throughout history that have driven innovation in the natural gas industry, impacted Philadelphia’s growth and success, and invented products and services that made life easier for all Americans.


Throughout February, some of the many achievements of Black Americans will be spotlighted on PGW’s @MyPGW Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media accounts.


One such groundbreaker was Alice H. Parker, who designed a more effective home heating source than the fireplace. In 1919, Parker patented a heating system that used natural gas rather than coal or wood. Her invention inspired the central heating systems that are still in existence today, and made homes safer by eliminating potential fire hazards from burning wood unattended during cold nights.

“Black history is American history, but even now in 2021 the incredible contributions and sacrifices Black people made have not been fully recognized or appreciated,” said Melanie McCottry, PGW Vice President of Corporate Communications and External Affairs. “At PGW we hope to pay tribute to Black Americans during the month as a part of our larger vision of championing the significant contributions of Black people and create opportunity for greater inclusion and equality every month of the year.”


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That “rotten egg” smell is the smell of natural gas. If you think you smell gas leave the area immediately, and then call PGW at 215-235-1212 from a safe location.

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Also if you smell gas:

  • Do not use electrical devices including cell phones which may cause a spark and ignite the gas.
  • Do not use an open flame, matches or lighters.
  • Do not try to locate the source of the gas leak.
  • Do not try to shut off any natural gas valves or gas appliances.
  • Do not start vehicles.
  • Do not re-enter the building or return to the area until a PGW employee or a qualified utility representative says it is safe to do so.
  • Do not put out the flames if natural gas ignites.