In several communities in its service area, including Auburn, Tracy and Bakersfield, PG&E employees shared safety tips and other information with their customers and neighbors during the 29th annual National Night Out on Tuesday (Aug. 7).
With utility bucket trucks on display in some locations, employee volunteers handed out information and free gifts – such as CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs.
At Auburn Recreation Park, a PG&E bucket truck, a snow cat and a Mobile Command Vehicle provided a backdrop for the focus on safety. Utility employees conducted electric safety board demonstrations and gave instructions on how to safely shut off gas during an emergency.
In Tracy, PG&E employees tagged along with local law enforcement and visited a half-dozen neighborhood block parties where they handed out CFL bulbs, coloring books and answered questions about the utility.
Bakersfield’s event was at Central Park at Mill Creek and included music and entertainment along with a PG&E booth featuring an electric safety board demonstration.
“It was a big family affair,” said Cindy London, crime prevention supervisor with the Bakersfield Police Department.
An estimated 37 million people participated in last year’s National Night Out event. The campaign typically involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.