Can you find your utility shutoff valves?

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Everyone knows to call 911 for emergency rescue, safety or medical services. But sometimes when disaster threatens or strikes, you must act immediately to shut off utility service while you wait for help to arrive. As part of disaster planning for your home or business, locate and tag your utilities, and think through the scenarios that might require action.


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When water is not your friend

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Refrigerators, water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and toilets can be sources of leaks that can cause significant damage if not detected early. A burst pipe with as little as a one-eighth-inch crack can release 250 gallons of water a day, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. The most effective way to prevent costly water damage in your home is to install a leak detection and water shut-off system. There are several levels of protection that can meet the needs and budgets of all homeowners:


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Home, sweet (second) home – protect it from water damage

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  Whether it’s a cabin in the woods, a house or condo on the beach or a chalet in the mountains, your vacation home can be a wonderful place to relax and unwind. However, secondary residences require additional precautions compared with your primary home. An often-overlooked hazard involves water damage to secondary residences that stand unoccupied for extended period.  


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