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Disaster Preparation

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Don't know how to shut off your utilities right before a disaster strikes?  Here's what you need to know:

During cases of emergency, power surges after the storm can damage electronics, and flooded appliances can also create safety hazards.

  1. Shut off all the individual circuits, then turn off your main circuit.  It is also useful to label the individual circuits.
  2. Shut off your water.
    • Cracked lines can also pollute your water supply to your home, so check in with local authorities before restoring your water.
  3. Shut off your natural gas.
    • Locate the shutoff valve connected to the gas line, and turn the switch perpendicular to stop the gas flow.
    • If you expect a gas leak, immediately evacuate the house and DO NOT turn off your gas.  Contact your local natural gas provider, and have a professional assess the situation.  Natural gas leaks are attributed to numerous home fires.

How will YOU prepare?