Birchwood and Maplewood Students Learn Basics of Natural Gas Safety, and Participate in Safety Demonstrations

A rolling caravan of heavy equipment made stops at Birchwood and Maplewood on Friday morning.
A rolling caravan of heavy equipment made stops at Birchwood and Maplewood on Friday morning.
Classroom demonstrations included a short video on gas safety.
Classroom demonstrations included a short video on gas safety.
A packet of goodies was sent home with each fifth-grader.
A packet of goodies was sent home with each fifth-grader.

National Grid celebrated New York Energy Week by kicking off the “Leading with Safety” program in the South Huntington School District at Maplewood and Birchwood Intermediate Schools. National Grid employees taught nearly 500 fifth-grade students about gas safety, and lead them in hands-on demonstrations. “Leading with Safety” is the largest in-classroom learning program that National Grid has launched.

During the program, students were introduced to the basic rules and principals of natural gas safety. Students learned how to identify a natural gas leak by smell, the importance of carbon monoxide detectors, and what to do if a leak occurs. They also got a tour of a gas truck which visited both schools. 

Students had an opportunity to try on some of the required safety equipment worn by natural gas crews every day. Also, employees brought in equipment that they work with for students to see and touch to help them gain a better understanding of the gas system.

The event is part of National Grid’s “Leading with Safety” campaign, a signature program of the company’s Power to Serve Volunteer Program. The initiative, part of the company’s commitment to safety education, is designed to engage school students in natural gas safety and damage prevention.

Each of the fifth-graders brought home a packed of items from National Grid to share with their families about what they had learned.

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