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CenterPoint Energy to promote natural gas safety at National Night Out and Night to Unite community events

MINNEAPOLIS – Aug. 7, 2012 – This month, CenterPoint Energy and neighborhoods in Minnesota are teaming up with businesses, organizations and local public officials to promote stronger, safer communities for National Night Out and Night to Unite.

National Night Out and Night to Unite are annual events celebrated around the country to unite communities, promote safety and help prevent crime. They are also designed to strengthen neighborhood organizations as well as build positive community partnerships between residents and police, fire and city officials.

This year, CenterPoint Energy volunteers will participate in community events and promote natural gas safety using the following information:

What to Do If You Suspect a Natural Gas Leak
• Leave the area immediately and on foot
• Don’t do anything that could cause a spark (turning on lights, driving a car, etc.)
• Call CenterPoint Energy gas leak emergency-24-hours @ 1-800-296-9815 
and 911 from a safe location.

Get a Sense for Pipeline Safety

• See.  Dead grass or bubbles in puddles or drainage ditches could be a sign of an underground leak.
• Hear. A hissing sound could be a sign of a pipeline leak.
• Smell.  Natural gas smells like rotten eggs to help you recognize a leak.

Call Before You Dig

• Call 811 – the national one call number or Gopher State One Call locally at 651-454-0002 or 1-800-252-1166 to have your utility lines marked before starting a yard project.

To learn more about National Night Out, visit http://www.natw.org/ and for Night to Unite, visit http://www.mncpa.net/.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total more than $22 billion. With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. In Minnesota, CenterPoint Energy is the state’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving about 800,000 customers in 260 communities. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.