IMPACT 7: DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME

Certain objects in your home can cause damage or injury during an earthquake. Lessen the impact of falling items by taking action before an earthquake hits.

 

WHAT ACTIONS SHOULD YOU TAKE?

We can't predict earthquakes, but we can prepare for them. One of the best places to start is with your home. Fix. Fasten. Don’t Forget. and make your place safer today.

GIVE YOUR HOME A CHECK-UP

GIVE YOUR HOME A CHECK-UP

Help your whānau to check around your home for items that could topple or shift in an earthquake or other natural disaster. Look for tall and heavy furniture, brick and concrete chimneys, unsecured hot water cylinders and appliances, and valuables that might break or move.


GET SUPPLIES

GET SUPPLIES

Your local hardware shop will have what you need to fix and fasten most items in and around your home. Brackets and other fasteners will be needed for bigger items, but even something as simple as blu-tack will help you secure smaller valuables. Make sure you have secure hooks for picture frames too.


FIX AND FASTEN

FIX AND FASTEN

It doesn’t take that long to fix and fasten items that could become dangerous, but it will help keep you and your whānau safer in a quake. If there are any larger fixes you can’t do yourself, talk to a builder or tradesperson.

Kids - always remember to have an adult present and to wear appropriate safety gear when using tools.


For more detail on how to make your home safer, visit the Be Prepared section of the EQC website.


WHAT ACTIONS SHOULD YOU TAKE?
Once you have completed the tasks in your home, check with elderly neighbours or whānau members to see if you can help with theirs.