Borough of State College News Release

For Immediate Release


Trick-or-treat for Poison Prevention

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania partners with Centre County United Way to distribute combination carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
during Halloween parade

WHO: Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc., the Greater Pennsylvania American Red Cross and the Centre County United Way. 

WHAT: Columbia Gas in partnership with the Centre County United Way and the American Red Cross will be distributing 320 complimentary combination carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to State College families in-need during the 72nd Annual Halloween Costume Parade in downtown State College. 

The combination detectors will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be limited to one complimentary device per household. Community members do not need to be a Columbia Gas customer to receive a free detector. All households throughout State College are welcome to pick-up a free detector when showing proof of residency. 

WHERE: Sydney Friedman Memorial Parklet and Memorial Field (131W Nittany Avenue, State College, PA 16801
WHEN: Sunday, October 28 from 6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. 
WHY: Year round, Columbia Gas is dedicated to giving back to the communities where we work and live. Columbia Gas is also committed to keeping the families who live in those communities safe.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, non-corrosive gas that can be a by-product of the combustion of ordinary fuels. Carbon monoxide can become very poisonous if it is not vented properly and if allowed to accumulate without sufficient oxygen. The combination carbon monoxide and smoke detectors will also alarm to warn of the presence of smoke in your home.

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 

About Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania 
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania delivers clean, affordable and efficient natural gas to approximately 430,000 customers. With headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, it is one of NiSource’s seven regulated utility companies. NiSource (NYSE: NI) is one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 3.5 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands.  More information about Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and NiSource is available at and
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If you would like more information contact Sarah Perry by phone at (724) 884-6731 or by email at
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