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Rachael Lighty

BGE Encourages Elementary Schools to Accept ‘The Adventures of Captain MercaptanSM’ Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge Before Sunday’s Deadline

Public and private elementary schools are encouraged to submit student drawings for the comic book cover of BGE’s gas safety hero, Captain Mercaptan, for a chance to win up to $10,000 toward a school enrichment project

BALTIMORE (March 12, 2015) –Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) encourages elementary schools who have not yet submitted student drawings for its second annual ‘Adventures of Captain Mercaptan, BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge’ to submit drawings by the upcoming submission deadline on Sunday, March 15, 2015. The company designed the Challenge as a creative and engaging way to educate school-aged children on the importance of natural gas safety.

All public and private elementary schools across BGE’s service area are invited to work with their students in kindergarten through fifth grade to submit hand-drawn comic book covers featuring BGE’s natural gas safety hero, Captain Mercaptan, for the chance to win up to $10,000 to fund a school enrichment program. The downloadable entry kit is available online at Captain Mercaptan takes his name from "mercaptan," the safety additive that BGE and other gas utilities add to normally odorless natural gas to give it a distinctive, easy-to-detect smell.

Eligible schools will have an opportunity to win the following awards:

  • BGE Captain’s Award - $10,000
  • BGE Hero Award - $5,000 for winners in Kindergarten – Fifth Grade (one winner, per grade)
  • BGE Spotlight Award (for the drawing with the most online votes) – BGE backpacks full of school supplies and safety gear

Submissions will be accepted through March 15. Starting March 23, entries will compete against each other during a two-week online public voting period. The winning schools will be announced in early May 2015. For more information, including official rules, downloadable entry kit and helpful tips, visit

In addition to the Captain Mercaptan Challenge, BGE provides schools and students with energy safety and other educational materials on safety, including classroom lessons, teacher guides, experiments and games – all of which are available on our e-Smart Kids website.

BGE launched the Captain Mercaptan Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge last year and awarded $35,000 to schools across central Maryland. Schools used the winning grants to enhance school enrichment projects and improve learning environments for the students at their school.

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 655,000 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 natural gas safety or the Captain Mercaptan BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge, visit Gas safety tips are available at

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