Author: SuperUser Account/Saturday, September 26, 2015/Categories: Business, Earthquakes, Fire, Utilities, Weather
After a disaster it could be days or weeks before utility companies are able to answer calls for assistance and fully restore services. Do you know where your utility shut off switches and valves are located and how to operate them.
Electrical issues can be deadly and may cause fires. Sparks, flickering lights or electrical appliances that aren’t properly working are all indicators you have an electrical issue. Here is some basic information for turning off your electricity.
Know where power shutoffs are for:
Post shutoff directions next to all utilities
Know procedures for turning power back on
Natural gas is an odorless, colorless gas. A unique odor is added to make gas leaks easier to identify. Gas companies advise that if you turn off your gas at the meter, you should leave it off and wait for the gas company to turn the meter back on and relight the pilots. Because it could take a while for your utilities to be restored, it is a good idea to only turn off your gas if you suspect a leak.
Thoroughly check around all gas meters and appliances for indications of a leak. If you suspect a leak below is some information on how to properly turn your gas off.
As you face the meter, you will see a pipe running from the ground to the meter. There is a shut-off valve running parallel with the pipe usually located about 6 to 8 inches above the ground.
Take a 12 inch or larger adjustable wrench, and turn the valve 1/4 turn in either direction, until the valve is crosswise to the pipe. (See Diagram)
Keep a wrench with your emergency supplies, or next to your valve. Do not store the wrench on the meter or other gas piping or related equipment.
Source: SoCalGas Company
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