Rockingham County Health and Human Services
Felissa Ferrell
Director of Health and Human Services
Felissa Ferrell
Director of Social Services
Lucretia Hoffman, MPH, MBA
Public Health Director

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Create a Safe Home
During a disaster ordinary objects in your home can cause injury or damage. However there are simple steps you can take to make your home safer. Start by viewing each room with a “disaster eye” and identify potential hazards – bookshelves that could tip over in an earthquake and block exits, heavy objects that could fall and cause injury, or reactive chemicals, such as bleach & ammonia, stored together under a kitchen sink.
  • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home and change batteries every 6 months.
  • Move beds away from windows.
  • Move mirrors and heavy pictures away from couches or places where people sit.
  • Clear hallways and exits for easy evacuation.
  • Store heavy items on the lowest shelves.
  • Keep ABC type fire extinguishers and know how and when to use them.
  • Strap down your water heater and fit it with a flexible gas supply line.
  • Store flammable or highly reactive chemicals securely and separate from each other.
  • Secure pictures, wall hangings and heavy items such as bookcases and file cabinets.
  • Know how and when to switch off your utilities.
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