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.

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“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. 

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