Lifelines to the home
Utilities are the worlds extension cords into our homes. Power resources like natural gas, propane and electricity are major, long distance services. More locally centered service include water, sewer and trash removal. Communication utilities might include, phone, internet, cable tv and satellite services. The convenience of these connections is startling when you realize that many come from hundreds or even thousands of miles away.
Utilities are “mission critical” services to your home and in some households they can even be life supporting. So it is important to know who provides these services, who to contact in event of a failure and where they are connected to your home. It is also good to know how to disconnect each of these in an emergency.
Included in the following pages are descriptions of each type utility service, example photos of each, and where to find and control them in your home.
- Make a list of the utilities along with their location in the home, how to shut them off and on, and the emergency contact information for each provider.
- Properly label each utility shut off at the location.