As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins, we’re sharing a few safety tips from our friends and neighbors at the Philadelphia Fire Department:

  • Don’t leave lit holiday candles (or any open flames) unattended. 
  • Be sure outdoor decorations are out of the way of power lines.
  • Do not overload circuits.
  • Keep walking paths clear of electrical cords.
  • Check holiday lights before decorating. Broken bulbs and frayed cords make for a disappointing and dangerous display. 
  • Keep fireplace hearth and surrounding area clear of wrapping paper and toys.
  • Double check that your oven is cleared and turned off after cooking and baking.
  • If purchasing a live Christmas tree, check for freshness and keep it watered.
  • If buying an artificial tree, check for a “Fire Resistant” label.
  • Keep little hands away from lights, cords, candles and any other potentially hazardous holiday décor.  
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and check their batteries regularly.

And remember, if you think you smell gas at any time, call us at 215-235-1212. We’re available 24/7.

Happy Holidays!

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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.