Quick, turn off the water, the toilet is leaking and flooding the basement! The spring storm has tripped a breaker, go turn it back on at the panel! Power is out and the garage door opener won’t work, we will have to use it manually!
Let’s continue where we left off a couple of weeks ago. If you remember we were talking about items in the home that homeowners and others living in the home should know where and how to use to properly turn off and/or on during an emergency.
The Furnace and Air Conditioning Main Switch: This is usually found mounted on the furnace and looks like a light switch. This will turn off the heating and cooling system in the home. The main Air Conditioning disconnect is located at the exterior of the home within reach of the system.
Emergency release for garage door: The automatic garage door opener has an emergency release for when the power is out, so you can still operate the door manually. Warning they are heavy and injury and/or damage can occur if you are not prepared. The release is located where the door attached to the opener track. Pull the handle to release it, then open and close with caution.
Fire Extinguisher: It is recommended to place fire extinguishers in your kitchen, garage and basement. Make sure everyone knows how to use them and replace when needed.
Emergency Phone Numbers: Keep a list of emergency numbers handy for any emergency! On this list should be police, fire department, ambulance/rescue, Mom, Dad, Relatives and their work place and any others that are appropriate for your household.
Emergency Toolbox: I would recommend a toolbox with some basic tools and a flashlight just for emergencies. Just to have handy so you don’t have to go and find something when things are not going as planned.
Again this is a basic list, and for more information feel free to contact Midlands Home Inspections, Inc, or your local utilities. It is important to know how to react to an emergency and to know how to turn off items in the home when needed.
Information provided by Tom Feiza, Mr. Fix-it Inc. “How to Operate Your Home”