On the observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance I'll continue to provide 30 ways in 30 days for individuals and families to become better prepared for emergencies.
In the recent past I have stressed the importance of having a Family Emergency Plan, and if you have not yet done so; I would strongly encourage you to begin to develop your Family Emergency Plan.
One thing that you can proactively do to protect your family and your home in the event of an emergency or disaster is to have every responsible family member learn how to shut off the household utility systems, including:
- natural gas
Over the next few days I'll address dealing with each one of these systems.
Following damage from disasters, natural gas leaks and explosions are responsible for a significant number of fires and its critical that all responsible household members understand how to shut off the natural gas. Seek guidance from the local gas company for response procedures regarding gas appliances and gas service to your home.
You should only turn off the gas, using the outside main valve, and call the gas company from a neighbor’s home. If you do turn off the gas for any reason, only a qualified professional can turn it back on.
NEVER attempt to turn the gas back on yourself.
Tomorrow I'll address the electric utility service to your home. For now however, remember that by understanding your household utility systems, you can better protect your family and your home following an emergency or disaster