Last week, we kicked off a two-part series on how to shut off the systems in your house in case of emergency. Part One of the series discussed tips on emergency shut-off of your water supply. Today’s post will explain how to shut off the power in your house after a natural disaster. Here’s how:
Power Shut-Off Procedures
In the immediate aftermath of a major disaster, do not turn lights on or off or use matches if you have gas heat! Instead, use flashlights to check for gas leaks to prevent an explosion or fire. If you do hear or smell a leak, shut off your gas valve and immediately open your doors and windows to vent the accumulated gas. And leave the house!
Also, if you hear sparking sounds or see or smell smoke, then you need to turn off your electrical power. If your house has fuses, you’ll find a knife switch or pull-out fuse that should be marked “Main.” If you have a circuit breaker, turn off the small breakers first, and then the “Main” breaker. But whatever you do, never remove the metal cover.
If you do not believe you have time to safely shut off the power, run out of the house and away from the house! Do not linger around your house if you hear sparking sounds or see or smell smoke. After you are a safe distance from your house, call the necessary emergency response folks.
Our electricians are always happy to help and answer any questions. Feel free to Ask-a-Tech if you would like further info.