Learn how to safely shut off your home’s utilities following an emergency.
Unfortunately, a natural disaster can strike suddenly with very little warning. That’s why it’s important to have an emergency action plan ready at all times. One of the first things you must do to secure your home and family after a natural disaster is turn off your home’s utilities. Not sure how? Read on to learn the steps.
Because a rogue electrical spark could set your home ablaze, it’s important to cut electricity off from your home. Luckily, switching off your electricity is a relatively straightforward process. All you need to do is locate your home’s electrical circuit box. Once you do, switch off all the circuits before flipping the main circuit breaker (should be located at the top of the electrical panel). Once your electricity is off, make sure you keep it that way until you’re sure that there aren’t any gas leaks around your home.
During a natural disaster, damaged pipes can result in a contaminated water supply. To avoid this polluted water from entering your home, it’s important to shut off your water supply. To turn off your water, you need to find the main water shut-off valve. This valve should be located somewhere along your main water line. Once you find it, turn the knob or handle clockwise until you feel the valve close completely. Be aware that you should not turn your water back on until your water supply is declared safe for consumption.
Finally, a gas leak in your home is a health and fire risk. To avoid these threats, you need to turn off your gas immediately after a natural disaster. Because every home has their own gas meter configuration, you’ll need to contact your local utility company to learn how to shut off your gas. Once you know the steps, post them somewhere near your gas meter. This way anyone will be able to shut off the gas in an emergency. Remember, while you can safely turn your gas off, you will need a certified professional to turn your gas back on.
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