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. Start by viewing each room with a “disaster eye” and identify potential hazards such as 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.
Clear hallways and exits for easy evacuation.
Store heavy items on the lowest shelves.
Keep an ABC type fire extinguisher 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.
Store flammable or highly reactive chemicals (such as bleach, ammonia, paint thinners) securely and separate 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.