Minimizing Hazards At Home
You may be home when a disaster strikes, so it’s important that it is as safe as possible. Go through your home and check for anything that could fall, break or cause a fire or other damage during an emergency.
Use the following list to make sure your home is hazard-free and prepared for an emergency:
Gas & Electricity
Know how to turn off the gas, water and electricity in your home and make sure switches are clearly labeled.
- Make sure appliances are secured and can’t fall during an earthquake or other emergency.
- Gas appliances such as a gas stove or dryer should be secured to a wall stud to prevent a gas leak. Water heaters should also be secured to wall studs.
- Secure smaller appliances to shelves, desks or inside cupboards using strong double-sided tape or Velcro or place them on anti-skid pads
- Make sure tall, heavy furniture like bookcases or cabinets are secured to the wall and keep heavy items on low shelves
- Use locks or barriers in front of any furniture on wheels
- Place beds and chairs away from windows and chimneys with nothing hanging over them
Cupboards & Cabinets
- Use safety latches on cupboards and cabinet doors to prevents things inside from falling out
Other Indoor Hazards
- Make sure any mirrors or other heavy items hanging on walls are fixed securely to the wall so they don’t fall
- Keep toxic and other dangerous chemicals on low shelves where they are unlikely to fall and spill
- Keep the chimney of a wood-burning fireplace cleaned to prevent chimney fires
- Secure everything that could be blown or torn loose
- Trim dead branches and trees to reduce the possibility of them falling onto your home