Family Emergency Preparedness
No one can predict when a large-scale emergency will take place or which homes will be affected more than others. So it’s important to protect your home and family sooner rather than later.
- Provide strong support and flexible connections on gas appliances
- A gas shut off tool or the appropriate sized wrench should be in a specific place in case the gas needs to be shut off. It should only be turned off if absolutely necessary as only a skilled technician can turn it back on.
- Make sure that everyone has a flashlight and sturdy shoes near the bed
- Change the placement of furniture and household items to make your home environment safer, for example:
- Don’t place beds under windows or heavy objects over beds.
- Keep exit routes clear.
- Move heavy items to lower shelves or drawers.
- Remove or isolate flammable materials.
- Install clips, latches or other locking devices on cabinet doors
- Secure items that could fall and cause damage or injury during a disaster, such as:
- The water heater
- The refrigerator
- Book shelves
- Any other tall and heavy furniture