Cheak your home, imagining what could happen to
each part of it, if shaken by a violent earthquake.
Check off the items that you have completed in this list.
Teach everybody in the family (if they
are old enough) how to turn off the water and electricity.
Clearly label the on-off positions for the water,
electricity and gas. If your home is equipped with
natural gas: tie or tape the appropriate wrench on
or near the pipe, to turn off the gas, if necessary.
Don't shut off the gas unless there is a leak or a
fire. If the gas is turned off, it must be turned on
again by a qualified tradesperson.
Repair loose roof shingles.
Tie the water heater to studs along with other heavy
appliances (stove, washer, dryer), especially those that
could break gas or water lines if they shift or topple.
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 beds.
Put anti-skid pads under TVs, computers and other
small appliances, or secure them with Velcro or
other such product.
Use child-proof or safety latches on cupboards
to stop contents from spilling out.
Keep flammable items and household chemicals
away from heat and where they are less likely to
Consult a professional to find out additional
ways you can protect your home, such as bolting
the house to its foundation and other structural
If you live in an apartment block or a
multi-storey building, work with your building
manager or condominium board to decide how best
to "quake-safe" your unit. Seek advice from
professionals (building engineers, emergency
preparedness authorities) if you are unsure
about what to do.
If you live in a mobile home, you can leave
the wheels on the mobile home to limit its fall.
Or, you can install a structural bracing system
to reduce the chance of your unit falling off
its supports. Ensure the awning on your home
is securely supported and fastened to the unit.
For information on the best way to brace your unit,
contact your local mobile home dealer or a mobile
home owner's association.