Turning Off Utilities: Fairfax Prepares Day 19

day 19 iconIn the aftermath of an incident, you may be required to turn off certain utilities in your home such as gas, water and electricity to control additional damage from a disaster.

It’s important to be prepared to do this.

  • Locate the electric, gas and water shut-off valves.
  • Keep necessary tools near gas and water shut-off valves.
  • Teach family members how to turn off utilities.
  • If you turn the gas off, a professional must turn it back on. Do not attempt to do this yourself.

If you rent an apartment, you may not have access to all of these utilities as some are common to a whole building, so be aware of what you are responsible for. If you have elderly neighbors who need assistance turning off utilities, please consider lending a hand.

Exclamation point iconTHE ASK: Familiarize yourself with what utilities you have in your home and learn how to turn them off, keep the needed tools nearby and teach others who live with you to know how, too. View this excellent resource from a fellow emergency management office that describes some of the basics.


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