Know How to Turn Off Gas Supply

April 8th 2008
Know How to Turn Off Gas Supply

Gas Safety an Important Part of Emergency Preparedness: Emergencies - such as earthquakes, gas leaks and fires - can happen at any time. So, are you prepared?

In an emergency, can you shut off your gas supply at the meter? If it is necessary to turn off your gas supply before the gas utility or Fire Department arrives, you should know the proper procedure. Give the valve a quarter turn in either direction so that the lever is crosswise to the pipe.

Gas Supply Safety Valve - ASSI Safe-T-Valve:

Consider installing a Gas Supply Safety Valve to protect your home and family in the event of an earthquake or other gas emergency. Manufactured by Affordable Safety Solutions, the ASSI Safe-T-Valve is a CSA-certified seismic gas safety valve that automatically shuts off gas service to your home when an earthquake occurs.

On average, 1,500 minor earthquakes occur in Canada each year. An increasing number of municipalities across Canada are requiring that new homes and public buildings have seismic gas safety valves installed as protection in event of an emergency. Seismic safety valves automatically shut off gas to a building in the event of an earthquake, preventing gas leaks and fires.

Since the valve can easily be shut off and reset, it also provides safety during home repairs, while you are away on holidays, or in any other gas emergency, such as leaks, fires and floods.

"Emergency preparedness means more than having an emergency kit with food and water," said Chris McConachie, president of Canadian Home Safety Products, the exclusive Canadian distributor of ASSI Safe-T-Valve, the only gas safety valve certified by the Canadian Standards Association. "For $300 you can get a seismic gas safety valve installed by a licensed contractor."

Why install a seismic gas safety valve?
- Prevents fires and explosions. Natural gas contributes to many earthquake-related fire ignitions and can severely damage or destroy your home.
- Earthquake injuries usually related to fire. Since houses generally stay intact during earthquakes, the biggest danger is usually fire. In recent years, most of the damage from major North American earthquakes was due to fires caused by gas explosions.
- Protection against other emergencies. A gas safety valve will also protect your family in other emergencies that potentially involve gas, including leaks, fires and floods.
- Easy to install. A licensed contractor can install most seismic gas safety valves in about an hour. The contractor will obtain the new appliance installation permit.
- Easy to reset. Homeowners can easily reset their gas safety valve themselves, restoring the flow of natural gas. This is convenient in any emergency, if you're doing home repairs or going away on holidays.

The Fortis Gas website advises: "Properly installed and maintained, a seismic or gas detector system can automatically turn your gas off at the meter. This can be especially advantageous if you are not at home when an earthquake occurs."

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation suggests, "If your home is heated by natural gas, use flexible pipe connections for gas appliances. Install a seismic-activated gas valve, which shuts off the gas during severe earthquakes."

❑ Know where your meter is
❑ Keep it clear for emergency responses
❑ Know how to shut off your gas at the meter
❑ Do not enclose your meter
❑ Do not tie pets or other objects to the meter or
outside gas pipes

CALL BEFORE YOU DIG: If you are making an addition, doing major landscaping, or installing fence posts always call your utility provider to identify the location of underground pipes.