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Closing a Meter Shutoff Valve

Meter shutoff valves have “open” and “closed” positions.

With all quarter-turn shutoff valves, the valve is open when the valve lug is in line with the gas pipe, and the valve is closed when the lug is crosswise to the pipe. Usually, moving the lug a quarter-turn to the right closes the valve.

You must follow three critical and essential rules for meter shutoff valves under all circumstances:

  • Only close a meter shutoff valve when you must do so to protect life and property or to prevent a potential hazard.
  • Always inform utility personnel if the valve has been closed.
  • If you shut off a gas service meter, leave it off. Only LG&E and KU personnel can turn the gas back on.