Earthquake safety

An earthquake can occur any time without warning. Here are some of the many ways you can minimize the risks to you, your family and home when an earthquake hits.

  • Prepare an emergency kit with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, water and other basic items.
  • Consider taking these steps to reduce earthquake hazards in your household.
  • Make sure your natural gas water heater is strapped to a wall or post.
  • Be familiar with the shutoff valve on your gas appliances.
  • Use flexible pipe connections to connect all gas appliances to the hose line that goes to your meter.
  • Install a gas shutoff valve at each gas appliance so you can turn it off when necessary.
  • Consider installing an earthquake valve.
  • Stay away from downed power lines. Call us at 1-888-225-5773 if you see one.
  • If you smell natural gas, see a broken gas line or hear gas escaping, leave the area immediately and call 911. Then call PSE at 1-888-225-5773.

If you turn off your natural gas service, do not attempt to turn it back on yourself. You must call us at 1-888-225-5773 to get it turned back on.

Do not turn off your gas service if you do not smell, see, hear or suspect gas is escaping. Doing so will deprive you of energy you may need to cope with the emergency. There also may be significant delay in PSE getting to your home to turn the gas back on in a post-disaster environment.