Locating your water shut off valve
Do you know where your main water shut off valve to your house is located? This valve is usually in the basement or on an outside wall in a utility area of the house. The main shutoff valve allows a full flow of water through the pipe when it's open. Turning off this valve (by turning it clockwise) cuts off the water supply to the entire house.
Knowing where this valve is BEFORE an emergency could save you thousands of dollars in water damage.
Imagine if you came home from work, or home from a vacation to water running through out your home. First thing is always stop the source of the damage. Shutting off the water at the main valve accomplishes just that.
Be proactive: locate the valve and tag it so you can locate it easily in the event of an emergency.