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.
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.