Take ActionHere 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.