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Safety of Home Utilities

A home is served by a number of wondrous modern conveniences that most people take for granted. One must have that element of safety when it comes to understanding the home utilities.

Safety with water pumps

Delivering water is not done by pumping a well and lugging buckets up a hill as was common some years ago butSafety of Home Utilities rather by simply activating a faucet, which delivers hot and cold water. The water is heated by gas, oil & electricity. These fuels also heat your home in the cold weather and electricity may also heat the blanket under which you sleep. It also lights your home, toasts your bread, enriches your life with media and cooks the food you eat. It is hard to picture modern life without these services but sometimes it may be necessary to turn them off in a hurry when some calamity strikes. Do not wait until then to find out just where the shut-off points are!

Water is pumped through municipal water system or from a private well. In both the cases there should be a main shut off valve near the point of entry. If you have metered water, the valve will be in the line before it passes through the meter. Look for it, label it and make sure that all family members are aware of its location.

Safety with gas connection

Water is pumped through municipal water system or from a private well. In both the cases there should be a main shut off valve near the point of entry. If you have metered water, the valve will be in the line before it passes through the meter. Look for it, label it and make sure that all family members are aware of its location.

If you use bottled gas, there will be a switch off valves at the top of the containers. If the gas is piped, the shut off valve should be close to the meter. Usually this is a valve with a lever or one that is turned on and off by means of wrench. In the latter case make sure that a wrench of the proper size is kept near the valve. Again make sure all family members know where this valve is and how to operate it.

Safety with Electrical system

Electricity is routed into the various house circuits through a fuse box or from a circuit breaker box. It is a simple matter to shut down the entire system with one click.

Usually with a circuit breaker control system the main shut off breakers are located at the top or at the centre of the box. These are usually double switches. However, you need to shut the system down by simply throwing these switches.Safety of Home Utilities

With a fuse box, remove the main fuse drawers. Moreover, older types of fuse boxes may have an outside lever or handle that serves the same purpose.

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