Let's see---- there would be a house with a broken pipe among every 2,000 homes with no gas. How happy would you be after a few days living in the cold with those odds of there actually being a hazard?It is a bit of a silly question.If YOUR home is one of those that burned to the ground, who cares if a couple of thousand people might have been inconvenienced a bit to prevent it. It isn't like Seattle is the Arctic. People "could" use electric heaters (or toaster ovens, hair dryers, etc) in a small room to survive.OTOH, if your gas is shutoff, all that matters is your comfort, who cares if somebody else's house burned down...bad luck for them.Reasonably speaking it would be a good idea for all homes to have shutoffs. Mass production could/would lead to better valves with fewer false triggers and lower costs. It is possible to train a lot of people to be able to re-open after an emergency. It isn't possible to unburn houses, etc.Mike
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