Sundays earthquake woke everyone up to the fact that we live in earthquake country. I sat watching the pictures on TV of the mobile homes burning and I asked myself, If they had a automatic earthquake shut off valve would the fire have been prevented? According to the news reports there were many gas leaks, a potential for disaster.
Automatic earthquake shut off valve’s would shut the gas off to a building at the gas meter when a earthquake of a specified magnitude strikes. Early automatic earthquake gas shutoff valves were prone to false shutoffs. New automatic earthquake valves are very reliable, in fact I can not remember a false shutoff in the last 20 years that we have installed. To qualify that statement we have regularly installed automatic earthquake valves since the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.
some insurance companies giving discounts for automatic gas shutoff valves on homeowners insurance.