In 2015, the American Public Gas Association (APGA) Marketing & Sales Committee began discussing how they believed natural gas utility workers deserved a day to be recognized for their hard work and accomplishments. After several months of planning, the committee named March 18 the day on which natural gas utility workers around the country will be honored each year.
The decision to hold this day on March 18 was made by a poll on the APGA Community. March 18 is the date of the New London, Texas, school incident in 1937 that led to the widespread odorization of natural gas and an increased emphasis on safety. Safety is a vital aspect to natural gas distribution, and the employees of distribution companies endeavor to make natural gas delivery as safe as possible.
Ideas for recognizing natural gas workers:
- A simple thank you – either in person or by call or text
- A shoutout on social media. You can find sample social media posts on the APGA website.
- A celebratory meal – a continental breakfast or potluck lunch
- Posters throughout your facility