How you and your home can survive an “Act of Nature”

Every day the evening news tries to score Nielsen points by making their rookie reporters stand in the middle of umbrella-crushing downpours, or travel to the smoky edge of an out of control foothill fire, to remind us of the raw power of Mother Nature.

But’s if one of those rookie reporters shows up in your neighborhood after an emergency, let’s show him Bear Grylls has nothing on us, and that we understand how to protect our home, our castle, our precious investment!

HERE ARE THE BIG 3 . . . Water, Gas, and Electricity

WATER

This is often the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about our human needs when planning for a disaster, but knowing how to turn-off your water can be equally important to you and your house.

Most water meters are equipped with a customer valve right at the water meter. Locating, tagging, and demonstrating and know how to operate the water shut-off valve are the keys to keeping your house dry and protecting your water supply from pollutants or sewer line breakages.  It is wise to shut off your water until you hear from authorities that it is safe for drinking.

http://dpw.lacounty.gov/wwd/web/customerservice/FAQ.aspx

GAS

Natural gas leaks and explosions are responsible for a significant number of fires following disasters. Locate, tag, and show all responsible household members how to operate the gas shut-off valve.

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.

training.fema.gov/emiweb/downloads/IS22/Unit1.pdf

ELECTRICITY

Learn how to use your home’s fuse and breaker boxes, and invest in surge protectors to protect your electronics if power goes out.  Be sure they’re properly rated for your electronics. Always shut off all the individual circuits before shutting off the main circuit breaker.

https://www.sce.com/wps/portal/home/safety/family/emergency-tips/

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