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Gas Meters and Earthquakes in Humboldt County, California

Dan Edward Phillips, Broker/Owner, Eureka CA has provided some simple common sense tips to the Residents of Humboldt County, CA regarding knowing how to shutoff the gas meter in the event of an earthquake.  This can be applied to all jurisdictions across the USA...as a part of our Disaster Preparedness Efforts.  Please stop b Dan's post and leave him a message

In the event of a major earthquake (in this area of Northern California it is just a 'matter of time'), it may be necessary to shut off the gas line to your home at the gas meter.

Everyone in the family should know how to shut off the gas service.

Make sure every member knows where the gas meter is.  It is also a good idea to leave directions on the location of the gas meter in an obvious location (like the refrigerator) if you will be gone and a relative or neighbor will be 'watching' the house. 

Do not block access to the meter with shrubs or plants, make sure it is easy to locate.  Paint the 'shut off valve' a bright color and attach a wrench to the meter to use to shut off the gas flow in case of an emergency.  Being able to shut the gas service off quickly may save your home.

In the event you do shut off the gas flow, contact the local gas company if you are unsure of how to relight the pilots.  Some pilots are auto start but not ALL!  Do not take any chances.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsC. Lloyd McKenzie • December 26 2011 10:33PM


C. LLoyd,

               This is a good point and a good re-blog!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 7 years ago

Good Morning C Lloyd, thank you for the re-post!  It is very much appreciated!

Best wishes for an excellent New Year!

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) over 7 years ago