Earthquakes are a common occurrence throughout the world. They can either be small, barely noticeable events or catastrophic disasters. If you live in an area prone to this particular disaster, you have to prepare yourself and prepare your home for such an event. With this helpful list, you’ll be 5 steps closer to properly preparing your home for an earthquake.
Use Latches To Protect Cabinets/Drawers
Depending on the power of the earthquake, drawers and cabinet doors can fly open. This can cause a mess in your home and depending on what you have in those drawers and cabinets, it can lead to injuries as well. Install latches on your home’s cabinet doors and drawers to ensure the safety of everything inside, as well as outside. Latches such as child-proof locks or safety hasps are effective tools at achieving this.
Protect Computers and Other Electronics/Appliances With Restraints
Nowadays, it’s pretty common for a household to contain things such as a TV, computer, sound system, game system, etc. Suffice it to say, these things can be expensive. So, if you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes then it’s a good idea to figure out how to keep those devices safe. You can anchor a device to your wall or tabletop with the help of materials such as velcro straps, chains, elastic cords, etc.
Not only will restraining your devices to a stable surface help keep them safe, but it’ll also help keep you safe from falling TVs, speakers, etc.
Properly Secure Mirrors and Other Framed Objects
Mirrors or framed pictures hanging on your wall can cause quite a bit of damage in the event of an earthquake. They can fall on other objects or people nearby and cause major damage or injuries. You can use mounts such as open-eye hooks to help keep them attached to your walls in the case of a quake.
Utilize Bolted Sill Plates To Protect Foundation
One of the most important ways to prepare your home for a quake is by protecting the foundation. By bolting your sill plate to the foundation of your home, you can help prevent damage to the structure of your humble abode. Keep in mind that means of preparation such as this require the aid of a licensed contractor.
Install Flexible Connection Pipes For Water/Gas Lines
During an earthquake, your home’s water/gas lines can be torn or disconnected. This could lead to some potentially explosive damage to your home and its residents. Using flexible connection pipes for these appliances, and even other appliances will help ensure their integrity during a quake. Much like the previous tip, this process needs to be done by a licensed contractor.
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