homeowner safety tips
- Make sure smoke alarms are operable. If your smoke alarms are more than 10 years old the National Fire Protection Association recommends they be replaced.
- Know where to shut off the gas. When turning the gas back on, it’s recommended that it’s done by a professional gas service provider.
- Know where your water shut off valve is. It’s important to know where this valve is and how to turn it off when the need arises.
- Know how to shut off water flow to the hot water heater. If you have a hot water leak you’ll need to have clear access to the water heater and the shut off valve on top of the water heater. Shutting off water flow to the water heater will stop the out flow of hot water immediately; otherwise you will be draining the system before the water flow stops.
- Know where your electrical panel is and how to shut it off. The electrical panel, which contain circuit breakers, is usually located in a closet, bedroom, utility room, the basement and in some cases, outside the dwelling. Inside the panel, look for a large breaker. This is the main electrical disconnect and turns off all of the power for your home (depending on the size of the house the breaker is probably at the top and has a number, either 100 or 200, representing amperage rating).