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Fri, Feb 27th 2015 10:50 am

If you smell rotten eggs, it could be a natural gas leak

Editorial by National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp.

National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. reminds readers to call its 24/7 emergency line at 1-800-444-3130 if they smell natural gas indoors or outdoors.

Natural gas, in its natural state, is colorless and odorless. Because of this, natural gas providers must add a harmless, non-toxic odorant to it to make it more readily detectable. These odorants produce the well-known gassy odor that is associated with natural gas, usually described as a rotten egg smell.

If you smell an odor of gas outdoors, call National Fuel's emergency number immediately and provide the address nearest to the site of the odor.

If you detect a faint smell of gas indoors, check to see if you have a pilot light out or a burner that is not completely turned off. Then open windows and doors to ventilate. Do not attempt to re-light without ventilating the area first.

If you smell a strong gas odor, or are unable to detect the cause of the odor:

DO

•Leave the premises.

•Call National Fuel's emergency line, 1-800-444-3130, from a different location.

DON'T

•Turn on or off any electrical appliances.

•Smoke or use any open flames.

It's also important to remember snow, ice and the extreme cold temperatures can pose a variety of safety and performance issues to heating systems. National Fuel advises all homeowners to be extra vigilant and pay careful attention to their furnaces, vents and outdoor gas meters throughout the winter season.

At National Fuel, providing safe, reliable natural gas service at the lowest possible price is our highest priority. For more information on natural gas safety, visit www.nationalfuelgas.com/forhome/gassafety.aspx.

National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. is the utility segment of National Fuel Gas Co., a diversified energy company that is engaged in a number of natural gas-related activities. The utility provides natural gas service to more than 735,000 customers in Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.nationalfuelgas.com.

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