Good emergency planning can help speed up recovery and escape in the event of a natural disaster. Knowing how to shut off utilities can potentially save your home.
How to Shut Off Natural Gas
Contact your local gas company to find out exactly what you need to turn off your gas. Post instructions near the meter. You may need a specialty wrench. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests that you do not turn it on yourself. Hire a professional.
How to Shut Off Water
Clean water is often difficult to obtain during and after a natural disaster. Turn your water off until you are sure pipes and the water source are clean. Water lines that go to your house have an identified shut off valve. Show your family where it is and label it clearly.
How to Shut Off Electricity
In a disaster, sparks from electrical wires can cause fires easily due to natural gas leaks. Electricity can be shut off from your circuit breaker box, but double check to make sure you know where it is.
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