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Columbia Gas of Maryland adds hundreds of Carbon Monoxide detectors to Trick-or-Treat bags in Frostburg this Halloween

Monday, October 30, 2017

Utility partners with local non-profits to promote safety; $6,000 donation provided to Frostburg volunteer fire department

Columbia Gas of Maryland, Inc. in partnership with Frostburg Fire Department, distributed complimentary combination carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to Frostburg families in need.

190 detectors were available for pick-up at the Frostburg Community & Senior Citizen Center 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 Maryland Health Safety and Environmental Coordinator Ron Gales. “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 Frostburg,” said Columbia Gas of Maryland 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 Frostburg Fire Chief Dale Bladen. “Because you cannot see, taste, or smell carbon monoxide, it is extremely important for residents 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.ColumbiaGasMD.com/carbon-monoxide.

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