Check for hazards in your home
You have a better chance of surviving
and minimizing damage to your home if you take the
following preventive measures:
- Make sure the house is bolted to
- Make sure the walls are
- Repair loose roof shingles.
- Make sure the chimneys are strong
- Tie down the water heater and
other heavy appliances (stove, washer, dryer)
that could break gas or water lines if they
- Secure top-heavy furniture and
shelving units to prevent tipping. Keep heavy
items on lower shelves.
- Affix mirrors, paintings and other
hanging objects securely, so they won't fall off
hooks. Locate beds and chairs away from chimneys
and windows. Don't hang heavy pictures and other
items over beds. Closed curtains and blinds will
help stop broken window glass from falling on
- Put anti-skid pads under TVs,
VCRs, computers and small appliances or secure
them with Velcro or other such product.
- Use child-proof or safety latches
on cupboards to stop contents from spilling
- Keep flammable items and household
chemicals away from heat and where they are less
likely to spill.
- Put plywood up in the attic on
joists around each chimney to help prevent bricks
and mortar from coming through the ceiling.
(Check clearances with your local fire
earthquake insurance with your insurance agent. Check
Copyright: A. Makarow © 1998 - Revised
September 17, 2008