How do I operate this valve?

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I'm fairly sure that I'm looking at a Ford Meter Box ball valve. I'm a little concerned because the handle attachment looks a lot like some sort of lift up pressure release. And I don't want to start a big leak where the water line enters my house.

Have I identified this correctly? Am I safe giving it a quarter turn to shut off the water in my house?

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Hey, wait a minute.

This is awkward, but...

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