If you smell gas, leave fast. That is just one of the tips an Ameren Illinois spokesman is offering now that the heating season is well underway and furnaces are getting a workout. While preventative maintenance can stop a lot of problems from happening, you should also know how to respond in case of a gas leak.
Brian Bretsch says your nose knows, but natural gas in its pure form is odorless and colorless.
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Once you are safe, call Ameren Illinois at 1.800.755.5000 to report the suspected leak. He says the utility responds to gas leak calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week – service is free of charge.