December 19th, 2019 – With heating season in full swing, Ameren Illinois and the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association (IFCA) are reminding residents of important natural gas safety measures. The most common source of natural gas leaks are old brass stove connectors and faulty piping connections. If you ever smell natural gas or notice other warning signs, you should evacuate the area immediately. Once in a safe area, call Ameren Illinois at 1-800-755-5000.
“Even if you aren’t certain of the smell or its origin, we always prefer that you err on the side of caution and alert us,” said Eric Kozak (Ko Zack), Vice President Natural Gas Operations, Ameren Illinois.
Ameren Illinois and the IFCA offer the following tips for natural gas safety around the home:
- Ensure natural gas appliances are inspected regularly.
- Keep the natural gas fireplace clean and free from any obstructions.
- Avoid storing paint stripper, salt bags or other flammable products near natural gas appliances.
- Never use an oven or stove range for heating purposes.
- Always call 8-1-1 (J.U.L.I.E) before conducting any projects that require digging.
December 19th, 2019 – Maroa-Forsyth Schools will launch an innovative approach to dealing with inclement weather and emergency days beginning in January 2020. In a podcast on NowDecatur.com, Superintendent John Ahlemeyer breaks down how this came about the Maroa-Forsyth, as well as how it will work for each grade.