Turning off Utilities in Face of Disasters


It is always important to know how to turn off utilities within a home. It becomes even more important when emergencies occur.

Natural Gas

Natural Gas leaks are very dangerous and so everyone within a house should know how o shut off natural gas. The gas lines can also be turned off to individual appliances. The shut off valves for appliances are typically located on the gas line going into the appliance. When a new homeowner moves into a home, they should call their gas company to find out how to shut off the gas in case of an emergency. Most likely the homeowner will need a crescent wrench or adjustable pipe to turn this utility off. It would be a good idea to write out the instructions for turning the natural gas off and posting it by the shut off valve. A professional should be called in to turn the gas back on.  The gas lines can also be turned off to individual appliances. The shut off valves for appliances are typically located on the gas line going into the appliance.

Water

Water is one of the most important resources in life, especially after a disaster. If a water pipe is cracked, then the water supply in a home may become unsafe to drink. This is why most local governments and emergency response agencies advise to shut off the water supply after a disaster. The water line should have an easily recognizable shut off valve. Everyone within a home should know where the shut off valve is and how to turn it off and on. If a homeowner cannot find the valve, then they should call a plumber or their water company.

Electricity

Fires can start easily from electrical sparks. The electricity in a home should be shut off in the event of a disaster to prevent fires. The circuit box is generally located either in a basement or garage, however, they can be located elsewhere. Everyone in the home should be aware of where the circuit box is located and how to turn it off and on.

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