Know the location of your homes electrical box, gas meter, and water shut off valves.
Keep a 10 inch crescent wrench near the gas valve and know how to use it. Turn off valve only when you are sure there is a leak. It may take two to three weeks for the gas company to relight the pilots.
Keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen (5 lb., ABC type or a 2A-10BC).
Install smoke detectors on each level of your home and test and change the batteries annually.
Repair or replace unsafe appliances and faulty wiring.
Plan two escape routes out of each room.
Keep yard clear of combustible material from home.
Remove toxic and flammable material from home and garage.
Teach family members to stay low to the ground when escaping from fire.
If there is a fire get out and do not go back inside.
Have your house inspected for unsafe construction, unreinforced masonry, and non-ductile concrete.
Bolt wood frame buildings to the foundation.
Brace cripple walls (the short walls that connect the foundation to the floor and enclose the crawl space).
Secure water heater and install flexible gas piping.
Secure cabinets, bookcases, and shelves to the wall.
Remove heavy objects from top shelves.
Fasten hanging mirrors, pictures, and frames etc. to the wall.
Keep bed and favorite chairs away from windows, book cases, and other heavy objects that could fall on you
Install safety latches on cabinets.
Close blinds and curtains each night to protect yourself from broken windows.
Create a personal support network. Identify a friend or neighbor, and agree to check on each other after an earthquake or disaster.
Meet with your neighbors and create a neighborhood preparedness plan and watch group.
Have the neighborhood form a Neighborhood Emergency Action Team (NEAT) through the San Marino Fire Department. For more information on a NEAT team contact