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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Do You Know How To: Turn Off The Electric

Hi everyone!! A few years back I read a post on a preparedness blog discussing things that the blogger thought everyone should know how to do: turn off electric, gas, and water, plan an escape route, etc. I copied the page and stuck it on the fridge so that hubby could go over those things with me. Well, it's a few years later, the paper is thrown out, and I still didn't know how to do the things it discussed.....until today! The sun is shining, the snow is melting and I wanted to be outside DOING and LEARNING! So, I had hubby show me how to turn of the electric, gas, and water and now I'm going to show you! In case of an emergency, knowing how to accomplish these tasks is a very good thing. If there are leaks due to earthquake, floods, or any other disaster, you don't want the gas or water running into your home and possibly causing more damage!

So, I'm going to start with the easiest 'to-do' for today....Turning off the Electric. I'm assuming you already know this, but we're going to do a refresher course. See the picture above? That's the electric box in my house. In order to turn off the electric to the whole house, I would flip the switch at the very top (you can't see in the picture, but it says MAIN above it) and I would pull the switch down to the 'off' position. That's it! Easy-breezy! Your house, if you're on a standard city electric system, should run the same way. (If you run your own electric system through wind or solar I hope you know how to operate the system, because I'm not going to even pretend that I would know how to show you!) Now, you might have more of these boxes if your barn or garage have their own systems. Double-check with your spouse/significant other/landlord about any other electric boxes that would need to be turned off in the event of an emergency.
Today's lesson was easy, and the implementation of it would be easy. In the next few days, I'll have posts about shutting off the gas and the water to your home. We're on a need-to-know basis here, and we ALL need to know!!

Prep On!
Gen-IL Homesteader

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Anonymous said...

Just ignore ComEd's bill for a couple of months. They'll take care of shutting it off for you (just kidding)!

Gen-IL Homesteader said...

Anonymous, Yeah, that would certainly do it!!

Nomad said...

Great post. It's those little details, like turning off the electricity, that'll kill you. Sadly most people still think this stuff is all a joke.

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