Home Safety
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 – bookshelves that could tip over in a tornado and block exits, heavy objects that could fall and cause injury, or reactive chemicals, such as bleach & ammonia, stored together under a kitchen sink.

  • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home and change batteries every 6 months.

  • Move beds away from windows.

  • 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 and know how and when to use them.

  • Strap down your water heater and fit it with a flexible gas supply line.

  • Store flammable or highly reactive chemicals securely and separate from each other.

  • Secure pictures, wall hangings and heavy items such as bookcases and file cabinets.

  • Know how and when to switch off your utilities.