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How To Shut Off Your Utilities In An Emergency

How to shut off utilities in an emergency...

Sounds like you should know the answer to that one if it were a question, huh? If you don't know, now is the time to find out. And make it part of your emergency plan.

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Different homes have different gas meter configurations, and therefore, the shut-off procedures vary slightly. But it’s likely that you’ll need an adjustable pipe or crescent wrench to perform the task, according to FEMA.

Give NYSEG a call.

If at any point, you smell gas or hear a hissing noise, everyone should get out of the house. Then you should contact your gas company immediately.


For this one you need to know where your main shut-off valve is. If you don't know, ask us next time you have us there. We'd be happy to point it out. You might want to label it after so everyone in the house knows where and what it is.


You probably know where your electrical circuit box is. There is where you want to head to cut the power. Simply flip the "main" circuit breaker located inside the electrical panel. It's usually at the top. This will cut power to your entire home.

Now you know, but how will you get by without the services in the event of a disaster? Take the next steps in your emergency planning to take care of yourself and your family. Plan ahead.

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