In a disaster, do you know how to shut off your utilities to protect your home?
With storm season upon us, it’s important for homeowners to be prepared. In case of a disaster of any type, it may be necessary to learn how to shut off utilities to avoid further damage to your family or your home.
How to Shut Off Electricity
Electrical sparks have the potential of igniting natural gas if it is leaking. To shut off the electricity, locate your electrical circuit box, and flip the ‘main’ circuit breaker located inside the electrical panel (this is usually at the top).
How to Shut Off Natural Gas
It’s wise to be familiar with the look and sound of your gas meter under everyday conditions, as this will help to determine what is unusual. Ensure that you also know where the shut-off valve is located. Because of different homes and different gas meter configurations, shut-off procedures vary. However, it is likely that you’ll need an adjustable pipe or crescent wrench to perform the task.
Contact your gas company in advance to help you determine what your home requires, along with the procedure to shut off the gas. It may be a good idea to have easy-to-read instructions somewhere near the gas meter. If you smell gas or hear a hissing noise, get everyone out of the house immediately and contact your gas company. Do not turn the gas back on until you know it is safe to do so.
How to Shut Off Water
The water line that enters your home will likely have an easily recognizable shut-off value. It will likely be in the basement, on an exterior wall, or near your water meter. Shut it off by turning the valve clockwise until it can’t turn anymore. If you have trouble, contact a local plumber or your area water utility for assistance. Consider labeling the water valve with a colored identification tab to ensure the right valve is clear.
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