EARTHQUAKE! The LA area was treated to a little earth shaking last Friday. Giving us all a friendly reminder to get our earthquake kits together and take care of any other earthquake preparedness tasks we’ve been putting off. For me that includes strapping the large closet by my front door to the wall. If that were to fall over in an earthquake it could very well block our escape route.
After seeing a few friends post on their facebook pages about how they ran to the nearest doorway to wait out the earthquake, I just want to say: DON’T DO THAT!
In modern homes doorways are generally no safer than the rest of the house, experts say that what you should do is DROP, COVER and HOLD ON. Drop to the ground, get under a sturdy piece of furniture if you can, and hold on until the shaking stops. Stay away from windows, large mirrors or anything that could fall. If you are outside when the shaking happens, stay outside and move away from structures and power lines.
The Earthquake Country Alliance website had some good tips on what to do in the middle of an earthquake. The website also tackles some of the erroneous information in that “Triangle of Life” email that was circulating a few years ago.
You should also get prepared before the earthquake and minimize potential damage to your house. Along with strapping heavy furniture to the wall, there are a few other things you can do to be prepared.
>Make sure your water heater is properly strapped and secured.
>Your house should be bolted to the foundation.
>Remove or replace unreinforced masonry chimneys.
These are just a few things to consider, for more information, see the Homeowners Guide to Earthquake Safety