In case of a disaster of any type, it may be necessary to learn how to shut off utilities to avoid further damage to your family or your home.
It's a good idea to be familiar with the look and sound of your gas meter under everyday conditions, and know where the shutoff valve is located.
Turning off the gas after an emergency is not always necessary. Leave the meter on unless the following conditions exist:
Then, turn the meter off only if you can do it safely!
To shut off the gas in an emergency, take these precautions:
Do not use matches, lighters, or open flame appliances; operate electrical switches anywhere in your home; or start a car in your garage or driveway until you are sure no gas leaks exist. Flames and sparks from electrical switches could ignite gas, causing an explosion.
Remember, it may not be necessary to turn your meter off after an earthquake or other disaster. After the 1989 earthquake in San Francisco Bay Area, for example, 156,000 gas meters were turned off. According to the local gas company, this was only necessary in about 2% of the cases. Since natural gas meters should only be turned on by a utility (as mentioned), many customers in the Bay Area were unnecessarily without their natural gas service for days or even weeks.
Search along your front boundary line for a plastic or metal cover. It's usually approximately 12"-24" out from your fence line or curb.
To open the box:
Once you have the lid off you may now see a different type of tap top, but the principle will be the same.
Tip: If shut off valve has not been off for some time, you may have to open and close a few times to free up tap thread.
Electrical sparks have the potential of igniting natural gas if it is leaking. It is wise to teach all responsible household members where and how to shut off the electricity.
Preparing to Shut Off Electricity
FOR YOUR SAFETY: Always shut off all the individual circuits before shutting off the main circuit breaker.
It is important that all family members know how to turn off all your utilities, so set aside a time to learn this together.
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