How well do you know your home? If a water line burst, do you know where the water main shutoff is located? If an electrical breaker or GFI flips, do you where each is located?
I know this sounds simple but unexpected events do happen. Be familiar with shutoff and breakers locations.
Label all shutoffs, it takes the guess work out. This is what I normally label in a house:
Water: Main shutoff (where the line enters the house)
- Hot water heater shutoffs
- Hose bibs
I don’t label these but know where these shutoffs are located:
- Washing machine
Electrical: Main panel switch
- Breakers should be labeled
- Know where each GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) is located.
Gas: Main shutoff (the main shut off is normally on the gas meter).
- Gas range/cooktop
- Hot water heater (if gas)
- Gas fireplace/logs