BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Natural gas is deemed a safe energy source, however if you smell natural gas it could be a sign of a leak — and could become dangerous if it ignites.

On WJZ at 11 p.m., Investigator Mike Hellgren has information on how BGE is trying to prevent incidents after nearly a dozen buildings have been destroyed in Maryland due to natural gas explosions.

“Natural gas is colorless, tasteless, and odorless in its natural state,” BGE states on their website.

In Maryland, Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) puts mercaptan, a safety additive in natural gas to give it a rotten egg odor, making it easier to detect.

If you smell gas inside or outside, leave the area immediately.

Then call BGE at 1-800-685-0123

According to BGE, emergency gas service calls are answered 24/7.

A service person will respond quickly, free of charge.

Don’t use matches, or turn anything on, even a cell phone.

Even homes that don’t use gas can experience gas leaks from outdoors.

Read more safety tip from BGE here. 

Follow @WJZ on Twitter and like WJZ-TV | CBS Baltimore on Facebook