Natural Gas Shut-Off and Safety

Natural gas leaks and explosions are responsible for a significant number of fires following disasters. It is vital that all responsible adults know how to shut off natural gas.

Because there are different gas shut-off procedures for different gas meter configurations, it is important to contact your gas company for guidance on preparation and response regarding gas appliances and gas service to your home.

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When you learn the proper shut-off procedure for your meter, share the information with responsible adults. Be sure not to actually turn off the gas when practicing the proper gas shut-off procedure.

If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out quickly. Turn off the gas, using the outside main valve if you can, and call the gas company from an alternate location.

CAUTION – If you turn off the gas for any reason, a qualified professional must turn it back on. NEVER attempt to turn the gas back on yourself.