FAQs

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Does my school have to participate in other Safe at Home/Safe at School (Enterprise for Education) programs/projects?

No. Though your school may be sponsored by a pipeline company and has free access to fourth and fifth grade curriculum and help for school administrators, you do not have to participate in Safe at Home or Safe at School to participate in the Energy for Education program and giveaway.

What is Safe at Home/Safe at School?

Safe at Home is a curriculum program that is sponsored by pipeline companies. Once enrolled, teachers at eligible schools receive a curriculum kit containing materials that communicate gas and hazardous material liquids safety ideas while satisfying state and national science, math and language arts standards. Each curriculum kit uses a hands-on, activity-based format that encourages student participation and family participation at home.

Safe at School is a complimentary program designed for school administrators. Similarly sponsored by pipeline companies, Safe at School helps administrators plan for a pipeline emergency and educate school faculty about pipeline safety. Safe at School booklets are mailed to sponsored school principals for distribution in all sponsored schools.

Who is Enterprise for Education?

Enterprise for Education develops and distributes company-sponsored K-12 educational materials on energy and the environment. Enterprise for Education materials are teaching units that support widely-held curricular goals, and are not just informative brochures. The curriculum kits and supplemental materials are hands-on and activity-based, encouraging student participation and at-home family participation. The curriculum is written and maintained by nationally-recognized professional teachers. Since 1978, thousands of teachers have received Enterprise’s materials at no cost to them.

I know that Energy for Education sometimes offers additional sweepstakes throughout the year, how are the promotion winners determined in these cases?

Bonus programs periodically occur during an Energy for Education program school year. Each bonus program is crafted to have a different prize/winners structure. When these programs are planned, details will be communicated with enrolled and sponsored schools.  To ensure that you're included on future announcements, click here to be added to our e-newsletter.

How much money can our parent-teacher group earn by participating in the Energy for Education giveaway?

Is your school eligible (found on the Schools link) and enrolled?  Enroll your school, making it eligible to participate in the 2016-2017 Energy for Education program and giveaway by clicking here. By participating in the Energy for Education program and giveaway, your parent-teacher group will earn $5 for each entry earned on behalf of your school – up to $300 (60 entries). These earnings are guaranteed.

All schools compete to earn the most entries for their school. The school with the most entries earn the program year's grand prize. You can track how your school is doing in comparison to others by checking the School Leaderboard.

Additionally, Energy for Education may choose to promote bonus programs throughout the school year. These bonus programs may offer cash or technology prizes. When bonus programs are planned, it will be communicated with sponsored schools and through our e-newsletter.  Click here to sign-up.

How does our parent-teacher group get paid for collected entries?

No additional volunteer time is needed!  Once your school is enrolled, your school's entries are automatically tracked by Energy for Education.  

Energy for Education will release cash grants for earned entries by February 1, 2017 for the 2016-2017 school program.  Entries must be earned by the close of the program, December 9, 2016.  You can check out how many entries your school has earned thus far on the School Leaderboard.

How do I track our parent-teacher group entries?

You can track your school’s earned entries by visiting this page and navigating to your school.

When will my parent-teacher group receive payment for its earnings?

For the 2016-2017 school year, Energy for Education will release payments by February 1, 2017.  The last day to earn entries for the 2016-2017 program is December 9, 2016.

Can a single family enter more than once for a single school’s parent-teacher organization?

A family can earn more than one entry for their school’s parent-teacher organization. However, the system will not accept more than one entry per email address per school.

I have children at more than one school participating in Energy for Education, can I enter on behalf of both schools?

Yes. You can earn entries at both schools. However, the system will not accept more than one entry per email address per school.

We have relatives in another state. Can they make entries on behalf of our parent-teacher group?

Yes! To help schools earn the most entries possible, and increase their chances of winning the grand prize, we encourage parent-teacher groups to solicit for entries from extended family and friends that are outside of the school district.

How does Energy for Education calculate our parent-teacher group’s earnings?

Once an entry is completed on behalf of your school, it is automatically captured in your school’s running total. (You can track your school’s earned entries by visiting this page and navigating to your school.) For each entry earned during an open program period, your school parent-teacher group gains $5 – up to $300. Continue earning entries to race for the grand prize.

How much has my parent-teacher group earned through Energy for Education?

You can track your school’s earned entries by visiting this page and navigating to your school. Your school earns $5 for each entry – up to $300. Continue earning entries to race for the grand prize.

How long does it take for entries to show up on the site?

Once an entry is completed on behalf of your school, it is instantly and automatically added to your school’s total.

How are we currently ranked?

You can track your school’s earned entries, and how it stacks up to other school groups’ work, by visiting this page and navigating to your school.

How is our parent-teacher group performing in relation to other sponsored schools?

You can track your school’s earned entries, and how it stacks up to other school groups’ work, by visiting this page and navigating to your school.

Can I see earnings information for my school prior to this year?

Currently, the school leaderboard only displays the earnings for the current program year. 

Can we get a pipeline company representative to meet with our parent-teacher group?

Our pipeline company sponsors value open communication with schools where they operate. To request a visit from the pipeline company that has sponsored your school, please email info@energyforeducation.com.

How will I know if there is a pipeline near our school?

Each sponsored school has a page containing a photo of a pipeline next to the school.  This picture is for reference only.  However only the pipelines of SPONSORING COMPANIES are shown in these pictures.  These pictures MAY NOT display all pipelines near your school.

To confirm you know where nearby pipelines are located, visit the National Pipeline Mapping System to view all pipelines regulated by the federal government’s U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  Again, this map, while more complete, may not contain all of the pipelines near you.  

The only way to be completely confident you know where pipelines are located near your school is to call 811.  811 is a free, national service that alerts ALL underground utility companies (including pipeline, sewer, water, telecommunications, etc.) to mark their lines on your school’s property.  To learn more about 811, visit www.call811.com.

How can I find information about the pipeline near our school?

There are several ways to get information about the pipeline near your school.  

  • If you know the pipeline operator, contact the company's non-emergency line directly.
  • Visit the National Pipeline Mapping System to learn more about pipelines regulated by PHMSA near your school.  
  • Read any signs, commonly referred to as pipeline markers, which provide information about the pipeline nearby. Pipeline markers denote the pipeline company, the energy product transported, the emergency phone number and other information.
  • Go to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration site to find pipeline company safety statistics (like operational history and incidents) 
What should I know about pipelines near my home?

It is very common to live near an energy product pipeline.  In fact, there are over 2 million miles of pipeline that are routed throughout the United States.  Many people simply don't know about pipelines, not just because they are safely buried, but because pipeline safety incidents are truly rare.  

Though rare, should a pipeline incident occur, it can be very hazardous -- leading to damaged property, environment and posing a threat to the safety of you and others.  Pipelines are remotely monitored by highly-sophisticated technologies, actively, 24-hours a day.  Operators know quickly if a problem has occurred, but you should know how to respond in case you suspect an issue. Refer to this page.

Are pipelines dangerous around children?

Pipelines pose no danger to children or others during normal operation. However, if you suspect a pipeline problem, it is important to act quickly.

When should we contact the pipeline company?

Pipeline companies want you to be well-informed about the pipeline that exists near you.  You should call a pipeline company anytime you have a question regarding pipeline safety in general or if you have a specific question regarding the pipeline near you.

That said, anytime you suspect a pipeline problem, you should first call 911. Then, if you are safely able to do so, contact the pipeline company's emergency line directly.

Where can I find pipeline safety statistics?

Pipelines have different regulations and reporting requirements depending upon the type of pipeline they are, what state the pipeline resides in and the type of product the pipeline carries.  To find federal pipeline safety statistics, visit the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  From this page, you can also select your State Pipeline Profile to find reported incident information for pipelines under PHMSA’s jurisdiction in your state, get information about the regulators in your state and find PHMSA points of contact.

How can we partner with operators to prevent pipeline safety incidents?

Pipelines operate under many government regulations and industry standards.  These measures address all aspects of pipeline operation, such as where and how they are built, operated, tested and maintained – and the pipeline industry strives to constantly better each practice.  Pipeline companies are committed to educating their communities to ensure that neighbors are aware of their lines or facilities, adopt safe digging practices, learn the signs of a leak and know how to quickly respond if a problem is suspected.

You can partner in the pipeline safety process by (1) always calling 811/One-Call before you dig to have underground utility lines marked for free, (2) knowing the signs of a leak and what to do if you suspect a problem, (3) vigilantly reporting any suspicious-looking activity near a pipeline, and (4) sharing this information with family, neighbors and schools in your area.

Can you help me find pipeline safety resources that were not developed by operators or other pipeline “industry insiders”?


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