24-hour emergency contact number: 1-800-638-3278

If you smell the distinctive rotten egg odor of natural gas, hear a hissing sound near a gas meter or pipeline or if you see a broken line follow the steps below:

If you smell gas inside:
  • Evacuate everyone immediately, including pets.
  • Leave the door open behind you as you evacuate the premises.
  • From a safe location, outside of the building and away from the gas leak, call the Montana-Dakota Utilities, emergency contact number: 1-800-638-3278.
  • If the leaking gas ignites, don’t attempt to extinguish the flames.
  • Call the fire department at 911.
  • Keep other people and animals away from the area.
DO NOT do any of the following:
  • Do not use a telephone or cell phone inside the building.
  • Do not open or close any windows.
  • Do not flip light switches; pull plugs or operate electrical devices. This includes garage door openers, door bells and any type of vehicle, machinery or equipment.  Any sparking could ignite the gas.
  • Do not smoke or light matches.
  • Do not re-enter the building until you are told it is safe to do so.
If you smell gas outside:
  • Evacuate the area immediately.
  • Do not use electronic devices or cell phones near the area of the leak.
  • From a safe location, away from the gas leak, call the Montana-Dakota Utilities, emergency contact number: 1-800-638-3278.
  • Do not smoke or light matches near the area of the leak.
  • If the leaking gas ignites, don't try to extinguish the flames.
  • Call the fire department at 911.
  • Keep other people and animals away from the area.
If digging and natural gas pipeline damage is suspected:
  • If motorized equipment can be turned off safely, do so to prevent the ignition of accumulated gas.
  • Abandon the equipment and leave the area on foot.
  • Do not attempt to restart the equipment until you are told it is safe to do so.
  • Do not use any electronic devices including cell phones near the area of the leak.
  • From a safe location, away from the gas leak, call the Montana-Dakota Utilities emergency contact number 1-800-638-3278.
  • Do not smoke or light matches near the area of the leak.
  • If the gas ignites, do not attempt to extinguish the flames.
  • Call the fire department at 911.  
  • Keep other people and animals away from the area.

Power Outage

If your power should go out, find out if neighboring homes still have electric service. If they still have power, check your fuse box or circuit breaker panel. If a fuse is blown, or a circuit breaker is open, turn off the lights and appliances on the circuit. This will help prevent damage to your appliances and your electrical system as well. Then replace the fuse with the correct amperage for the circuit or turn on the breaker. If a fuse continues to blow or the breaker continues to open, call an electrician to find and repair the problem.

When the electric outage is not confined to your home, disconnect or turn off as many electrical appliances and lights as possible. This will help protect your equipment and reduce the initial demand for electricity when the power is reconnected. Leave one light switch to the “on” position so you can tell when power is restored. Then you can reconnect appliances one at a time.

Call Montana-Dakota Utilities to report any outage not confined to your home unless you know a neighbor has already reported it. Call us at 1-800-638-3278.

Please note: Billing information is available Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m, at 1-800-638-3278.

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