PPrepare your Home for an Earthquake
- Learn how to shut off gas, electricity and water, teach all children of age how to do this.
- Keep breakables or heavy objects on bottom shelves or have them secured in place.
- Secure all tall and heavy furniture which could topple, such as bookcases, china cabinets or wall units.
- Secure water heaters and appliances.
- Secure hanging plants and heavy picture frames or mirrors (especially over beds).
- Install latches on cabinet doors to hold them closed during shaking.
- Keep flammable and hazardous liquids such as paints, pest sprays or cleaning products in a garage or outside shed and away from anything that may cause a spark. Keeping in mind not to place products together that could spontaneously com-bust if their vapours and or contents mix.
- Remove or top any large trees that are close to your house and may fall on the house.
- Maintain enough emergency supplies for a minimum of three days including; food, water, a flash light with extra batteries, a portable battery-operated radio, medicines, first aid kit and warm and wet weather clothing.