Skip navigation

Homeowners

Making your home safer for natural hazards.

Download our Quake Safe Your Home guide

Matt and Jacqui talk about how good it feels to have a safer home.

Preparing their home for natural hazards felt like a daunting task for homeowners Matt and Jacqui, but once they got started they realised that a lot of the steps to make their home safer were quick and easy.

Play video

There's a lot you can do to make your home safer and stronger for natural hazards. Every step you take will reduce the impact of a disaster on you and your family, so get started today.

  • From securing heavy and tall furniture to removing chimneys and checking your foundations are connected to your house; there's a lot you can do that will improve the safety of your home. See below for more information on these important steps.
  • Keeping on top of home maintenance will also help keep your home strong. List and prioritise more complex work. A first step might be to set up a maintenance fund.
  • Keep good records of the work you do. Your home is likely to be your biggest financial asset, so these records could be valuable documents when you decide to sell your home.

Information for homeowners

Tall furniture
Large furniture and appliances

Falling furniture and appliances, particularly tall or heavy items, can be a hazard during an earthquake. 

foundations
Foundations

Every home sits on some type of foundation that should connect it to the site and help the home stay in place in a disaster. 

Roofs walls
Roofs and walls

A roof that is lightweight and well secured is likely to be more resilient in an earthquake or extreme wind.

QuickEasy
Quick and easy safety steps

Take steps today to protect your valuables and save yourself the hassle of cleaning up a big mess.

DSC8203 1 Grade Crop
Nurseries and children's rooms

Is your baby's room really safe and sound?

Chimney
Chimneys

Brick and masonry chimneys may crack, shift or collapse in an earthquake, causing damage to people and property. Make yours safer today.

Retaining Wall
Slopes and retaining walls

Slopes and retaining walls can crack, move or even collapse during heavy rainfall, earthquakes or other disasters.