Before an Emergency

Preparing Your Home

No one can predict when an emergency will occur. Start preparing now.

5 steps to protecting your home

Step 1: Put clips, latches, or other locking devices on cabinet doors.
Step 2: Provide strong support and flexible connections on gas appliances.
Step 3: Make sure that everyone has a flashlight and shoes near the bed.
Step 4:

Change the placement of furniture and household items to make your home safer.

  • Don't place beds under or directly against windows or under heavy objects.
  • Keep exit routes clear.
  • Move heavy items to lower shelves or drawers.
  • Remove or set apart things that can catch fire easily.
Step 5:

Secure items that could fall and cause damage or injury, such as:

  • Book shelves
  • Large electronic equipment
  • Tall or heavy furniture

Locate and label shut-off switches

  • Locate and label all the shut-off switches for the heating and ventilating equipment in your home. Identify the on / off positions.
  • Show your family members how to shut off these services.
  • Place signs near the breaker panel (or main circuit breaker), gas, and water supplies.
  • Add these locations to your Personal Record of Important Information.

Check your insurance

  • Discuss your insurance needs with an agent, broker, or insurance representative.
  • Keep an inventory of all your valuables and possessions.
  • Contact the Insurance Bureau of Canada for more detailed information about insurance coverage.

Revised: Friday February 28 2020

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