During an emergency, especially those that are ground moving such as earthquakes, you’ll need to know how to turn off your utilities to avoid leaks, fires or flooding damage.  It’s best to learn and practice now, before an emergency strikes.  Here’s the information you need to know to turn your electricity off:

  • Where: time to locate your electrical panel.  It’s usually inside the house or the garage, housed in a metal box.  You’re looking for the main circuit breaker inside the panel, it’s usually at the top of the panel and turns off the electricity to your entire house.
  • When: if you see smoke or sparks.
  • How: inside the electrical panel are a main circuit breaker as well as area circuit breakers that go to specific rooms in your house.  To turn off the main circuit breaker, flip the breaker to the “off” position.  Ready to turn it back on?  Flip to the “on” position.
  • Note: if you have exposed wires in your electrical panel, time to call the electrician for a repair.