Home Safety

There are simple steps you can take to make your home safer and more “disaster ready”. Start by viewing your home with a “disaster eye”, identifying potential hazards.

Potential Hazards

  • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home and change batteries every six months
  • Move beds away from windows
  • Move mirrors and heavy pictures away from couches or other places where people sit Store heavy items on lower shelves
  • Secure or tie down lawn furniture, tools, or other objects that can become a projectile in high wind
  • Know the potential for flooding where you live and prepare accordingly
  • Hurricane-proof your home as much as possible
  • Reinforce all doors and windows
  • Install shutters or plywood window covers
  • Secure metal siding and metal roofs
  • Flood-proof your home as much as possible
  • Know how, when, and where to turn off utilities
  • Study the chemicals you have on hand to learn what can be stored near each other and what should be separated
  • Keep at least one ABC type fire extinguisher on each level of your home
  • Trim large trees and shrubs near your home Keep the roof of your home in top condition

More Information

Fifteen Ways to Disaster Proof Your Home
FEMA How-To Website