With wild weather and other natural disasters seemingly on the rise, it’s more important than ever that everyone is acquainted with the basics of safety procedures concerning municipal utilities. Natural gas leaks in the aftermath of a disaster, for instance, are a leading cause of explosions and fire, and malfunctioning electrical systems could accelerate ignition of natural gas leaks. Chemicals and harmful microbes have the ability to contaminate tap water. Here’s how Atlanta residents can help ensure their own safety and that of other residents by turning off utilities after disaster strikes.
Turning off the Gas
Using a wrench to turn the main gas valve a quarter of a turn in either direction will shut off the gas. Although any small wrench will do the trick, many people opt to purchase an inexpensive tool designed specifically for shutting off gas valves.
Turning off the Electricity
You won’t need tools to turn off the electricity in the aftermath of a natural disaster. The first step is to simply switch off all of the individual circuits in the circuit box before shutting down the main circuit. The power should always be left off until it has been determined by a professional that there are no gas leaks on the property.
Turning off the Water
Turning off the water in the aftermath of a natural disaster is easy — simply turn the main valve clockwise until it stops. Because the location of the main water valve varies depending on several factors, such as the age of the home and local climate conditions, always be prepared by asking your municipal water supplier where your home’s main water valve is located.
Having a plan in place for proper procedures following an unexpected disaster is recommended in order to ensure optimal safety and facility a fast recovery. Please feel free to contact us, your local Atlanta disaster repair technicians for help.