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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

Outdoor Furniture

  • Secure everything that could be blown or torn loose
  • Trim dead branches and trees to reduce the possibility of them falling onto your home