Reduce Home Hazards


In a disaster, ordinary items in the home can cause injury and damage. Take these steps to reduce you risk.


  • Keep the shut-off switch for oxygen equipment near your bed or chair, so you can get to it quickly if there is a fire.



  • Have a professional repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections.



  • Place large, heavy objects on lower shelves, and hang pictures and mirrors away from beds.



  • Use straps or other restraints to secure tall cabinets, bookshelves, large appliances (especially water heater, furnace and refrigerator), mirrors, shelves, large picture frames, and light fixtures to wall studs.



  • Repair cracks in ceilings and foundations.



  • Store weed killers, pesticides and flammable products away from heat sources.



  • Place oily rags or waste in covered metal cans and dispose of them according to local regulations.



  • Have a professional clean and repair chimneys, flue pipes, connectors, and gas vents