Make your home or your office more resistant to earthquake damage by assessing its structure and contents, identifying hazards and securing moveable items.
Earthquake shaking can move almost anything, even large or heavy items. Imagine your home or workplace being picked up and shaken sideways – what would be thrown around? How can you prevent it?
Prevention is a fundamental step for any natural disaster, but why this kind of actions really matter?
According to a study from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, 55% of the injuries were caused by falling furniture or objects. Only one percent of injuries were caused by building damage. Other injuries were due to people falling or behaving dangerously.
In addition, many billions of dollars were lost due to this type of damage (yes, Billions).
Much of this damage and injury could have been prevented in advance through simple actions to secure these contents.
What are those easy actions to do?
You can start now by moving furniture such as bookcases away from beds, sofas, or other places where people sit, sleep, or spend a lot of time. Move heavy objects to lower shelves.
Identify and fix things such as unsecured televisions, computers, bookcases, furniture, unstrapped water heaters, etc. A comprehensive list of typical items at home or in commercial buildings, with recommendations for how to secure each, is on the menu at right.
Start with what you can do for free.
- Move heavy or large items to the floor or low shelves.
- Move things that can fall on you away from where you spend a lot of time.
- Move heavy or unstable objects away from doors and escape routes.
- Secure a water heater to wall studs with two metal straps.
- Secure top-heavy furniture and appliances to wall studs.
- Hang mirrors and pictures on closed hooks
- Secure computers and TVs with special straps.
- Prevent small objects from falling by using museum putty or wax.
- Install latches on kitchen cabinets.
A bit more work or cost:
- Use flexible connections where gas lines meet appliances (such as water heaters, ovens, and clothes dryers).
- Secure overhead light fixtures.
- Secure free-standing wood stoves or fireplace inserts.
This actions can be also supported by the SkyAlert’s Earthquake Early Warning Solution, find more information in our website: https://skyalertusa.com/solutions