Home Hazard Hunt

In a disaster, ordinary items in the home can cause injury and damage. Anything that can move, fall, break or cause a fire is a potential hazard. For example, a hot water heater or a bookshelf can fall. Inspect your home at least once a year and fix potential hazards including:

  • Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections
  • Fasten shelves securely
  • Place large, heavy objects on lower shelves
  • Hang pictures and mirrors away from beds
  • Brace overhead light fixtures
  • Secure water heater. Strap to wall studs
  • Repair cracks in ceilings or foundations
  • Store weed killers, pesticides and flammable products away from heat sources and off the ground
  • Place oily rags and hazardous waste in covered metal cans
  • Clean and repair chimneys, flue pipes, vent connectors and gas vents