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In emergency situations, there may be times when it is necessary to turn off you’re the gas, water or electricity coming into your house.  Make sure you know in advance where on your property the gas valve, main breaker switch, water meter box and main water are located.

gas shut off valve

The gas meter and gas shutoff valve are usually located on the side or in front of the house or building.

In the event of an emergency, do not turn off the gas unless you smell it or hear it escaping, see a broken gas line or if you suspect a gas leak.

If you shut off the gas, there may be considerable delay before PG&E can turn your service on.  Once the gas is shut off at the meter, do not try to turn it back on yourself.  If the gas service shutoff valve is closed, PG&E should perform a safety inspection before the gas service is restored and the appliance pilots are lit.

TO SHUT OFF THE VALVE:  Use a wrench to give the valve a quarter turn in either direction.  The valve is closed when the tang (the part you put the wrench on) is crosswise to the pipe.

Check this valve periodically by seeing if the tang will turn easily … just turn it a tiny bit to check.  If it is “stuck,” call PG&E to come and service it.




If a water pipe is broken, water can be turned off at the water meter box.  Use tool available at hardware store to turn the valve clockwise until the two small holes are aligned. You can also use a crescent wrench tightened around the valve. Place a screwdriver through the hole at the top of the wrench and turn in a clockwise direction. Turn counterclockwise to turn the valve on.



electrical service boxMain Breaker switch

If it is necessary to turn off electricity to the house, go to the main electrical service box and flip off the main breaker switch.


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