As Californians know all too well, earthquakes are a destructive natural disaster. They can destroy your house and potentially injure your family members…or worse. That’s why it’s essential to protect those you love most by earthquake prepping. Here are some tips to help earthquake-proof your house and protect your family.
Discuss the reality of the situation with your family. Sketch out your house and figure out ways to get out safely in the case of an emergency. Also, make sure you all have a meeting point so you can count that everyone is there and then leave the premises together.
In some cases, try to figure out two ways to escape a room. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Walkthrough a mock scenario so everyone knows where to go. Muscle memory is a crucial tool when dealing with a natural disaster.
Make a Disaster Kit
Earthquakes can knock out electricity and cause to become trapped in an area of the house. Keep plenty of water jugs, masks, gloves, battery-operated radios, flashlights, and non-perishable foods on-hand.
Get Steel Frames for Your Home
Some Californians feel a disastrous earthquake is just a matter of time. Why wait for the doom and gloom? Be preventative. One of the biggest causes of fatalities in an earthquake is the house collapsing. Analyze the bones of your house.
Look at the cripple wall. This is especially important if your house has already withstood an earthquake. Place 2X4s in between studs on the top and bottom to add support when the houses shifts back and forth. Minimalize the shifting with steel. Add steel frames to the foundation so the house is more secured to the land.
Secure Wall Hangings
Anything from bookshelves to the actual books on the shelves might go flying and hurt someone you love. Make sure that all fixtures are tightly secured to the wall. Bolt down heavy appliances such as the hot water tank and washing machine to the floor. Anything that can move will when the entire earth is shaking.
Install Automatic Shut-Off Valves
During an earthquake, pipes can burst, and connections can be disrupted. These moments may cause unfavorable situations such as a flooded room or a gas leak. Both can be potentially dangerous or fatal. Be sure to install automatic shut-off valves for both the water and gas.
Set Up Your Bedside Table
Make everyone’s room ready for an earthquake at any time of the day. Leave a flashlight, mask, and gloves by the bedside of each room. Also, make sure there’s an ABC fire extinguisher in multiple spots of the house. Go over how to use the fire extinguisher with every member of the family.