How to Turn Off Gas
Here’s advice from professional safety responders and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) about whether to turn off the gas following an earthquake or other disaster.
- After a disaster, shut off the gas ONLY if you smell a strong odor of gas, you hear gas escaping from a broken or disconnected pipe, or notice dials on the gas meter spinning around rapidly.
- If you suspect a gas leak, get everyone out of the house immediately.
- The main shut-off value for your gas line is located on the inlet pipe next to your gas meter. To turn off the gas, use a wrench and turn the value one-quarter turn in either direction, so it is perpendicular to the pipe.
- Do not use matches, lighters or open-flame appliances or operate electrical switches until you are sure there is no gas present.
- Once the gas is shut off at the meter, do not try to turn it back on. Call PG&E or a qualified electrician to restore your gas service. Following a major disaster, there may be a considerable delay in turning your gas back on.