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Natural Gas Safety

Natural gas is a safe, clean-burning and efficient fuel used for heating homes and water. It is also used in food preparation, manufacturing processes and even to generate electricity. To burn, natural gas must mix with the proper amount of air and be ignited by a flame or spark. The process makes gas leaks dangerous because of the flammable and explosive nature of the fuel in uncontrolled conditions.

With more than 16,000 miles of gas distribution pipe and 1,275 miles of transmission gas lines, we at Ameren take our commitment of delivering safe, reliable natural gas seriously. 

If You Smell Natural Gas

  • If you detect an odor of natural gas, immediately leave your home or business and from a safe distance call Ameren.
  • Do not turn lights on or off, operate thermostats, garage door openers, appliances or anything that could cause a spark.
  • Do not use a phone or light a match or anything with a flame inside or near the building.
  • Do not open windows or doors to ventilate the building.
  • Do not re-enter the property for any reason until Ameren personnel tell you that it is safe to enter.


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