Upper Elementary (3-5)


Buddy Blue Flame - CenterPoint Energy

On this page you can find all kinds of great information and activities about staying safe around natural gas. You can do the activities with your class, friends or on your own.

And, as always,
stay Safe and Smart!


Energy Time Trek

Join Time Agent Tina Mercaptan, Olivia P. Honeycutt, Dr. Schmeinstein and other fun characters in these short videos about natural gas conservation and safety.

Chapter 1

Time Agent Tina Mercaptan is assigned by her boss, Olivia P. Honeycutt, to track down Dr. Schmeinstein as he travels through time trying to destroy natural gas. In order to defeat Dr. Schmeinstein, Tina learns all about the basics of where natural gas comes from.

Chapter 2

Tina Mercaptan travels back to the 1970’s and meets Rhoda Richards as she prepares for a dinner party. Tina teaches Rhoda how to conserve and be safe around this useful natural resource, natural gas.

Chapter 3

In ancient pre-history, Tina meets a talking squirrel as she makes a family communication plan to stay in touch with her animal friends during an imminent meteor strike. Tina also has a final showdown with Dr. Schmeinstein.

What natural gas is

Lorraine Quiche, owner of Fluffy’s Spaghetti, has to contend with a snooty food critic by the name of Eggs Benedict Arnold as she learns about where natural gas comes from.

Uses of Natural Gas

Dr. Schmeinstein is visited by birthday party singer Tennille Mercaptan as she seeks his advice on natural resources and the uses of natural gas.

How to conserve natural gas

While visiting Granny Greyflame to retrieve her superhero utility belt, The Blue Flame learns about how to conserve natural gas.

How to be safe around natural gas

While taping content for her YouTube channel, the Wicked Witch of the Upper Northwest is continually interrupted by TinkerFred, her friendly, safety-minded appliance technician.

Staying Safe around Natural Gas

Gas Meter

LOOK for signs of a natural gas leak, such as bubbling in standing water, dead plants or a ring of dead grass, a thick white cloud or fog, a slight mist of ice or unexplained frozen ground near the pipeline. These could be signs of a leak.

Child Listening

LISTEN for a whistling, hissing or roaring sound around pipelines as this could also indicate a natural gas leak.

Child strange smell

SMELL – Natural gas does not have an odor when it comes out of the ground. An odor is added which makes it smell like rotten eggs. If you smell gas, leave fast! Tell an adult and ask them to call 911 and CenterPoint Energy.

natural gas flame

Natural gas is flammable, meaning it can catch on fire. Under certain conditions, leaking natural gas could possibly ignite if it comes in contact with an ignition source such as an open flame or spark.

flammable liquids

Store flammable liquids like gasoline, paint thinners, adhesives and cleaning solutions away from gas appliances. These liquids could ignite if they come in contact with a flame or spark from any source.

Digging in yard

Before you dig in your yard, call 811 at least two working days in advance. The utility company will send a representative to make a mark where the natural gas pipelines are in order to prevent damage to a gas pipeline.

gas stove

Pay attention to your stove. If the flame is orange or yellow instead of blue, tell an adult right away.

carbon monoxide detector

Carbon monoxide is a gas that you cannot see, smell or taste, and it can make you sick. A carbon monoxide detector in your home can alert your family that this gas is present.


Safe and Smart E-book: Buddy's Big Day

Follow Buddy as he learns how we use natural gas and how to be safe around it. He will talk to Granny Grayflame, Wanda Water Heater and The Blue Flame to figure out as much as he can! Come along on his adventure!

Purpose of Activity: Review, Reading and Reading Comprehension
Four Cs of 21st Century Education Skills: Communication and Critical Thinking
Description: An interactive digital story to help students read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. Teachers can use this activity to support and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words and meanings.
Time: 20-30 minutes
Grade Range: 3rd - 4th