Living in California earthquakes are just a way of life, similar to traffic. Almost all are just little tremors but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared for something larger.
Emily White, director of preparedness for the American Red Cross Bay Area shares some tips to make your home earthquake ready.
1. Strap down heavy furniture and water heaters.
2. Move furniture away from exits, beds away from windows and pictures off bookshelves and away from beds.
3. Shift heavy items from top shelves to bottom shelves and secure breakable items with earthquake putty.
4. Hang pictures well. Quake-resistant picture hooks are available to prevent paintings and mirrors from falling. Hang items away from places where people sleep or sit.
5. Steady small electronics and appliances. Special fasteners can be used for items you don’t want to affix permanently, such as your home computer, fax machine, small television and microwave oven.
6. Make latches tight. Cupboard and drawer latches should be used in the kitchen to keep contents from falling out.
7. Train each member of the household to use a fire extinguisher and tell them its location.
8. Learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home; keep a wrench handy just for that purpose. Turn off the gas only if you smell a leak (rotten eggs) because only PG&E can turn it back on.
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