If you suspect a problem with a furnace, here are some tips from the gas company:

-If you smell gas, don't light a match.-Don't turn electrical appliances or lights on or off or use the telephone. Make sure everyone is out of the house.

-Call the gas company from a neighbor's home or pay phone. If you cannot reach the gas company, call the fire department.

The gas company will conduct a free inspection. Correcting a problem may be simply a matter of tightening a fitting. The representative will refer you to a repairman if more extensive work is needed.