Know How to Shut Off Utilities

Disasters and emergencies can occur at any time.  As part of preparing for them, it is important for household members to know the proper shut off procedures for utilities.  Plan now to have better control of an emergency situation!


Know the location of your electrical circuit box. For your safety, always shut off all the individual circuits before shutting off the main circuit.


Find and tag the shut-off valve for the main water line that enters your house.  Tagging it makes it easier to identify during an emergency.  Also, make you can shut the valve off completely.  If the valve won't fully close or close properly, have it replaced. 

Natural Gas

Because there are different gas shut-off procedures for different gas meter configurations, it's important to call your gas company for guidance. They can help you prepare for gas appliances and gas service to your home in the event of an emergency.  If the gas is turned off, have a qualified professional turn it back on. NEVER try to turn the gas back on yourself.