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Utility Shut-Off for Emergency Preparedness
It is vital that you know how to shut off your utilities in case of a major incident, an emergency or a disaster. Gas leaks can spark explosions, often lead to significant fires. Damage to water pipes can lead to flooding. Water and electricity do not mix and pose a significant hazard.
Gas shut-off and safetyDifferent gas meters have different shut-off procedures and appliances such as gas hobs and boilers are different too. That's why it's important that you contact your local provider and see manufacturer's guidance to find out about the right preparedness and response.
Once you know the correct shut-off procedures, share this information with all responsible persons in your houshold. If possible, also inform your neighbor as an important contengency in case no one is at your home when an incident occurs.
DO NOT actually turn off the gas when practising emergency preparedness and shut-off procedures.
If you turn off the gas for any reason, a qualified professional must turn it back on. NEVER attempt to turn the gas back on yourself for safety reasons.
Water shut-off and safetyFind the the shut-off valve for the water line that enters your home. Label the valve with a clearly visible tag for easy identification and make sure everyone in your household knows the location.
Assure that the valve is rust free and can be completely shut off. If not, replace it.
In an emergency or if you hear of a boil water order, shut off your water until you are informed from the authorities that it is safe for drinking.
Note: during area wide water shut-off, the effects of gravity may drain the water in your hot water system and toilets unless you trap it in your house by shutting off the main valve.
Electricity shut-off and safetyElectricity and water, electricity and gas do not mix! Know where your main circuits and electrical circuit boxes are. Shuff off individual circuits before shutting off the main. Teach all responsible household members how to do this.
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