Home & Work Safety

Emergencies

If You Smell Gas

Natural gas smells like rotten eggs.
Everyone in your family should learn to recognize this smell. If you smell natural gas in your home, here's what you should do:
  • Never try to locate the leak yourself.
  • Do not use any devices that might create a spark such as light switches, phones, flashlights or even computers. The spark could ignite the gas.
  • Quickly extinguish all embers and flames including cigarettes, candles and fires.
  • Leave your home immediately and take others with you.
  • From a safe location, call MidAmerican Energy at 800-595-5325 to report the odor.

If you smell a strong odor of natural gas outside your home, here's what you should do:
  • Never try to locate the leak yourself.
  • Do not use any devices that might create a spark such as a motorized vehicle, gas or electric grill, garage door opener, lawn mover or cigarette.
  • Leave the area imediately and walk to a safe location. Walk upwind from the source of the gas smell or the sound of leaking or blowing gas.
  • Do not use cell phones until you have reached a safe location.
  • From a safe location, call MidAmerican Energy at 800-595-5325 to report the odor.