About Natural Gas Earthquake Shut-off Valves
A natural gas earthquake shut-off valve automatically shuts off your gas service when an earthquake of a sufficient magnitude occurs at your home’s location. After the quake has stopped and you have determined that it is safe to do so, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for restoring your gas service. You will need to make sure no gas leaks exist and re-light your pilot lights. You must ensure that your appliances are safe before operating them. The Natural Gas Company or a service agency can restore your gas service, but remember that it may take many days or even weeks before someone can come to your location in a major emergency. (The Natural Gas Company may charge a fee to reset valves and re-light pilot lights.)
Earthquake Valve Installation Requirements
If you choose to have an earthquake gas shut-off valve installed, or are mandated to have one by your insurance company or the local building code, the valve must be installed on the downstream side of the meter. The downstream side is the customer side of the meter. See picture:
NOTE: When you hire a licensed contractor to install your valve, it is important that you ensure that the valve is installed on the downstream side (that is, the customer side of the meter), not on The Natural Gas Company’s property.
In addition, The Natural Gas Company will not install earthquake shut-off valves for its customers.
Where can I purchase a valve?
From supply retailers, licensed plumbing contractors.
Can I install the valve for my home myself?
Yes, if your home is a single family detached house and you meet the “Qualified Installer” requirements of the city. But, the valve must be installed on the customer side of the meter and a permit may be required from the City of Paris but not in the county.
Can the Natural Gas Company install it for me?
Can I use a contractor?
Yes. You may hire a licensed plumber or contractor to install the valve on the customer side of the meter.
What else can I do to further prepare my home for an earthquake?
Many things. For starters, secure your water heater and other natural gas appliances from moving during an earthquake. You can prepare a complete earthquake kit for your home and car. You can also design an earthquake plan to ensure your loved ones are safe in the event a quake strikes when family members are at different locations: work, school, out of town, etc.
Where can I find additional information?
Earthquake valve and restoring gas service after a valve activates may be found in The Natural Gas Company Web site in the Regulatory section — Section , “Earthquake Valve Service.”
If you have questions about your insurance company homeowner requirements, contact your insurance company or agent.