At Home

During a disaster, ordinary objects in your home can cause injury or damage. However, there are simple steps you can take to make your home safer. Inspect each room to identify potential hazards - bookshelves that could tip over in an earthquake and block exits or heavy objects that could fall and cause injury.

  • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home and change batteries every 6 months
  • Move beds away from windows, chimneys, or other areas that might pose a danger
  • Move mirrors and heavy pictures away from couches or places where people sit
  • Clear hallways and exits for easy evacuation
  • Store heavy items on the lowest shelves
  • Keep ABC-type fire extinguishers on each level and know how and when to use them
  • Strap down your water heater and fit all gas appliances with a flexible gas supply line
  • Install a seismic shut-off valve on gas lines
  • Store flammable or highly reactive chemicals (such as bleach, ammonia, and paint thinners) securely and separately from each other
  • Secure pictures and wall hangings and use restraints to secure heavy items such as bookcases and file cabinets
  • Know how and when to switch off your utilities
  • Ensure that all window safety bars have emergency releases
  • Be sure your home number is visible from the street so emergency vehicles can find you