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Heaters across the area are most likely fired up as cooler weather makes its way to central Illinois.
 
With that in mind, Ameren officials realize families will be spending more time inside cooking and keeping warm, which means natural gas leak concerns can begin to spike. Paula Heinkel with Ameren Illinois says nearly one million homes in Illinois receive natural gas in some capacity and notes it can be a concern.
 
 
Heinkel says in the event of a natural gas leak, you want to get out of your home or apartment as quickly as possible. She instructs to contact Ameren once you are outside.
 
 
With heat likely on in most homes by now, Heinkel encourages getting those units checked and get anything that might be stored near them to another location.
 
 
If you smell natural gas, contact Ameren at 800-755-5000.

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