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Peoples Gas

For Release: 09/06/2015

Peoples Gas Urges Children to Stay Safe and Play Away From Construction Sites

Utility Says Enjoy the Holiday Weekend; Practice Good Safety as School Year Begins

Chicago, IL – Summer may be coming to an end, but construction work across Chicago will continue well into autumn months. Peoples Gas reminds Chicago Public School (CPS) students, as they begin a new school year, stay safe and play away from construction areas.

This summer, Peoples Gas has been working to maintain and upgrade Chicago's natural gas infrastructure in neighborhoods across the city. With construction activity still underway, Peoples Gas reminds students of a few important safety tips to practice as they walk to and from school:

  • Be seen! Cross the street only at intersections, make eye contact with drivers of cars and construction equipment before you cross.
  • Walk on the sidewalk, but keep off sidewalks or streets that are closed.
  • Obey signs posted at construction areas.
  • Stay outside orange safety cones or fences.
  • Tell an adult if you see other kids playing unsafely.

"Every Peoples Gas employee is committed to working safely and we want to promote good safety awareness and practices to our customers as the new school year begins," said Andy Hesselbach, Peoples Gas vice president – construction.

Peoples Gas is a proud supporter of CPS' Back to School campaign and a sponsor of the 2015- 2016 Chicago Public Schools Calendar & Directory. The calendar provides important safety tips for parents, students and everyone in the neighborhood. It is also an excellent resource guide to the upcoming school year. A copy of the calendar is issued to every CPS family and can also be downloaded at cps.edu/Pages/DistrictCalendar.aspx.

About People Gas

Peoples Gas is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 828,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the city of Chicago. This autumn, Peoples Gas is celebrating 165 years of delivering safe and reliable natural gas service. You can find more information about natural gas safety, energy efficiency and other energy-related topics at www.peoplesgasdelivery.com.

For More Information, Contact:

  • Jennifer Block
    Director Media Relations
    312-240-3735 (office)
    312-465-0911 (cell)