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Natural gas is colorless and odorless, so an odorant called mercaptan, which has a rotten egg smell, is added for easier detection in the event of a gas leak. If you think you smell gas, STOP. GO. LET US KNOW.

  • STOP what you are doing. Do not light or use a match. Don’t turn lights on or off or use a flashlight, cell phone or telephone. Don’t turn on any other appliance or electric/electronic device and please do not flush or run water.
  • GO outside immediately and
  • LET US KNOW by calling the gas odor hotline at 800-942-8274. Or, call 9-1-1. A representative will come to your location and check for potential leaks or faulty appliances. This 800 number can only be used to report gas leaks.

We are providing important safety information in various languages on how to recognize a leak and additional steps to take if you suspect a natural gas leak in the links below. You can also go to our natural gas safety page for more information.