Tip Trader: Outdoor Gas Shutoff

Handyman Club members share their home and workshop hints.

In the event of a natural gas leak or fire, it’s important to get out of the house quickly. Rather than risk going down into the basement to close the gas valve, Club member Roger Johns of Minneapolis, Minnesota, keeps an adjustable wrench near his fire extinguisher. Should he ever need to turn off the gas, he can grab the wrench and close the valve at the gas meter along his home’s exterior. (Incidentally, Roger polled his friends and none were even aware that they had a shutoff valve by their outdoor meters.)