Shutting off Your Electricity in an Emergency

Being well prepared for an emergency starts before you have one! Find out where your electricity panel is located.

How to Shut Off the Electricity

  • If your house has fuses: Find a knife switch handle or pullout fuse marked ‘MAIN.’ Remove all of the small fuses first, then remove the ‘MAIN’ fuse.

  • If your house has circuit breakers – Open the metal door of the breaker box to reveal the circuit breakers. The main breaker should be clearly marked showing ‘ON’ and ‘OFF’ positions. Turn off all the small breakers first, then shut off the ‘MAIN.’

If you have any sub-electrical panels, shut those off, too.