Earthquake Home Safety Tips

Earthquake-Proofing Your Home

If you happen to live in an earthquake zone your family needs to be prepared. There are certain things that you can do before a quake to help make you and your family safer, as well as to minimize the risk of damage or loss.

Here are some steps that you can follow at home and in the office to ensure your safety:

  • Do not place heavy items over crib or any beds.
  • Put child-proof latches on cabinets
  • Store heavy objects at floor-level cabinets
  • Store hazardous materials in garage cabinets
  • Secure picture frames with Velcro
  • Move beds out from under windows
  • Anchor heavy furniture to wall.
  • Secure TVs and other electronics using flexible nylon straps with adhesive buckles.
  • Secure breakables and collectibles with Quake putty, wax or museum gel.
  • Store emergency tools, including gas shut-off wrench and safety lightsticks.
  • Prepare emergency supplies (food, water, blankets) and First Aid kits, including prescription medications.
  • Learn how to turn off gas, water and electricity in case the lines are damaged.
  • Inform family of “safe spots” in every room – under sturdy tables, desks or against inside walls.
  • Warn family of “danger spots” – windows, mirrors, hanging objects, fireplaces, tall furniture.
  • Secure water heaters with two-strap kits.
  • Create a disaster preparedness plan so that everyone in the family will know what to do in the event of a quake or other emergency. Practice!
  • Decide where your family will reunite if separated and choose an out-of-state friend or relative whom family members can call after an earthquake to report whereabouts and conditions.

By following these guidelines you will reduce the chances of injuries to you and your loved ones and lessen the likelihood of having household contents damaged or destroyed in an earthquake.

 

 

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