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Prepare Your Home

Evidence from previous earthquakes suggests that around a third of the cost of resulting home damage relates to non-structural issues, such as damaged belongings and cosmetic damage caused by belongings moving around, so focusing on some simple actions can make a real difference.


Take Action

Here are several examples of actions you can take now to protect your home in the event of an earthquake:
  • Secure free-standing non-structural items like storage units, book shelves, appliances, cabinet doors, pictures, light fixtures and mirrors
  • Learn how to shut off gas, water and electricity in your home (but never shut off gas unless you detect a leak; and always have a licensed person reconnect supply)
  • Place breakables and large or heavy objects on lower shelves
  • Place non-slip mats under items which might move, including TVs which aren’t wall-mounted
  • Check what’s hanging over your bed – consider moving a heavy, glass-framed picture elsewhere
  • Keep flammable or hazardous liquids such as paints, pest sprays or cleaning products in a garage or outside shed if possible
  • Check your house and garage for foundation bolts and structural condition.  

BCAA is a long-term supporter and participant in The Great British Columbia ShakeOut – part of the world’s largest earthquake drill. Our friends at ShakeOut BC have compiled some tips with more details about how you – or an appropriate contractor – can prepare your home

Remember to always consult and use the services of a professional to undertake work you’re not sure how to do yourself. To learn more about protecting your home from earthquakes speak to a BCAA insurance advisor. Everyone is welcome, plus BCAA Members save up to 20% on BCAA Home Insurance.