One of the first things you will want to do if you house has sustained major damage during a disaster is an emergency utilities shutoff.
Locate and learn how to turn off each of your utilities before you need to in an emergency. Trying to find the water shutoff valve after a pipe bursts is not the ideal situation. It would be worse if you find the valve only to discover you need a special tool that you don’t have to turn it off! Prepare now by reviewing each page below and familiarize yourself with how to shut off each utility.
How to turn off your water supply
Broken water pipes can cause flooding which causes further property damage and can create drowning hazards in basements and low-lying areas. You need to locate your water shutoff valve and make sure it works.
How to turn off your natural Gas supply or propane tank
Natural gas or propane line breaks can cause extremely volatile fire, explosion, and asphyxiation hazards. It is critical you know how to safely turn off your natural gas supply.
How to turn off your electric service
Damaged and exposed electrical wires can cause an electrical shock hazard, especially if water is present. Learn where you main breaker is and how to turn it off.
How to plug your sewer line
A back flowing sewer can cause considerable property damage and health hazards. However, stopping your sewer is not as simple as turning a valve.