For Immediate Release
First five contest entries eligible for a special prize this year
BALTIMORE (Jan. 24, 2017) –
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced the kickoff of the 2017 “Adventures of Captain MercaptanSM, BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge.” The annual contest encourages elementary school students in BGE’s service area to illustrate a gas safety message featuring Captain Mercaptan, BGE’s fictional natural gas safety superhero. The contest, now in its fourth year, will award a total of $35,000 to eligible schools.
Entries will be accepted through March 19.
A special prize will be awarded to the first five teachers to submit an entry. Public and private elementary schools in BGE’s service area are urged to download the online entry kit and read our comic book featuring Captain Mercaptan. In the comic book, Captain Mercaptan teaches kids how to recognize a natural gas leak and what steps to take when you smell gas. Captain Mercaptan’s name is derived from “mercaptan,” a safety additive that BGE and other utilities put in natural gas to give it a distinctive rotten egg odor that makes gas easier to detect. The super-hero and his safety sidekicks were designed by elementary school students through a BGE contest.
“Safety is part of our culture at BGE and maintaining a safe and reliable natural gas system for our customers is imperative,” said Christie McMullen, vice president of Gas Distribution, BGE. “Campaigns like the ‘Captain Mercaptan Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge’ were designed for elementary school students to help them learn important aspects about working and living safely around natural gas. Students ultimately become safety ambassadors by taking the message home to their families.”
Schools are also encouraged to use the teacher’s guide at BGEGasHero.com to review gas safety concepts with kindergarten through fifth grade students, and begin creating their contest entries. Beginning March 27, entries will compete for votes during a two-week, online public voting period. The winning schools will be announced in May. Last year’s winning entry was from Fallstaff Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore. To date, BGE has awarded over $100,000 to area schools during the first three years of the contest.
Eligible schools will have an opportunity to win the following awards:
Captain Mercaptan teaches children that they can be a hero too if they follow these simple safety tips:
BGE traces its roots back to 1816 and the first gas utility in North America. Today the company provides safe, reliable natural gas service to more than 650,000 gas customers in central Maryland. Customers are reminded to immediately contact BGE at
1.800.685.0123 from a safe location if they have any questions or concerns about natural gas. For more information on the Captain Mercaptan contest, including future adventures, visit
bgegashero.com. Gas safety tips are available at
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to safe and reliable energy delivery to more than 1.3 million electric customers and more than 680,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. In the J.D. Power 2017, 2018, and 2019 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Studies SM BGE was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Business Electric Service in the East among Large Utilities. In the J.D. Power 2018 and 2019 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Studies SM BGE was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Business Natural Gas Service among utilities in the East Region. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Connect with BGE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and engage with the latest BGE stories on bgenow.com.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (or "BGE") received the highest score in the East Region of the 2019 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study and the East Large Segment of the 2019 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study of gas and electric utility customer satisfaction among business customers. Visit jdpower.com/awards.