Committed to the Safety of Our Customers and Communities
To support our safety commitment, CenterPoint Energy’s public safety program and awareness campaign provides our customers and other stakeholders with information about potential hazards and how to avoid and respond to them.
CenterPoint Energy’s commitment to safety involves educating and engaging employees, contractors, customers and communities on safety practices. Regular communication with the public is focused on includes education about staying away from power lines, how trees and vegetation affect electric safety, and natural gas safety. We use multiple channels, including social media, stakeholder outreach and community programs.
Community Safety Grants
CenterPoint Energy’s Community Safety Grant program provides an opportunity to partner with communities on a shared commitment to safety. Matching grants up to $2,500 are available for eligible safety and emergency response equipment. To date, CenterPoint Energy has funded 1,163 city projects and awarded $2.3 million in grants to local fire departments, police departments, ambulance services and first responders, as well as to support community safety initiatives. This support maintains our connections with emergency officials and helps them keep our neighbors and communities safe.
2020 Community Safety Grants
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Impacting Lives by Providing Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors to Economically Disadvantaged Houston Families
For 14 years, CenterPoint Energy has partnered with the Houston Fire Department to support the Get Alarmed Houston program, which installs smoke detectors in homes that desperately need fire safety equipment. Get Alarmed Houston’s goal is to reduce and possibly eliminate fire-related accidents and deaths due to a lack of working smoke detectors. All smoke alarms are provided through donations or grants.
Extreme Weather Preparedness
CenterPoint Energy’s enterprisewide safety programs provide a consistent approach to safety for all employees. Since 2005, CenterPoint Energy has been a proud sponsor of the Houston Extreme Weather Ready Expo, which helps residents prepare for hurricane season and weather emergencies. In 2021, the free event was COVID-19 safe with attendees driving through to pick up weather preparedness information, cases of water, ready-to-eat meals, flashlights and hurricane tracking charts.
Natural Gas Safety
- Each year during National Fire Prevention Week, CenterPoint Energy participates in community safety fairs and fire department open house events throughout our Minnesota service territory. Employees staff booths and share important natural gas safety messages, activity booklets and promotional materials highlighting our Safe and Smart education program for students.
- Regional employees educate the public on natural gas safety and the importance of calling 811 at outreach events, such as the annual Swinging Bridge Festival in Byram, Miss., and the annual Tomato Festival in Crystal Springs, Miss. Through these events, we reach residents and encourage them to share information with their families and friends.
811 and Safe Digging
Because third-party damage is the number-one cause of pipeline incidents for CenterPoint Energy, we partner with the Common Ground Alliance to raise awareness of 811, the national “Call Before You Dig” number. Each year on August 11, CenterPoint Energy conducts an outreach campaign promoting 811 as the resource for marking utility lines before digging.