How To Survive An Earthquake

There are roughly 50 earthquakes around the world everyday-Tiny information and a little preventive measure can immeasurably upturn your chances of surviving an earthquake - or any other type of danger. 

The secrets are education and preparing in advance. The earthquake safety instructions below will not make you a professional. But, they could make a life-saving difference if you find yourself in an earthquake situation. Avail yourself the opportunity to freely invest in your future safety with the tips below.

Plan ahead:
Learn how to survive throughout the ground wave. More details on this in  "During the Earthquake" section under. The earthquake safety guidelines there will equip you for the quick action needed, because most earthquakes are over in seconds so knowing what to do impulsively is very vital.

  • Teach all your family members about this important earthquake safety tips. This comprises:The actions you should take when an earthquake happens,The safe places in a room such as under a strong desk, along interior walls, and Places to avoid such as near windows, large mirrors, hanging objects, heavy furniture and fireplaces.
  • Stock up on emergency materials like  battery operated radio with extra batteries, flashlights with extra batteries, first aid kit, bottled water, two weeks non-perishable food and medical supplies, blankets, cooking fuel, tools needed to turn off your gas, fire extinguisher  water and electric utilities, some cash and a whistle.
  • Arrange your home in advance for safety: Learn to park heavy stuffs on lower shelves and store breakable objects in cupboards with latched doors. Don't hang heavy mirrors or pictures above where people often sit or sleep.
  • If it’s possible, anchor hefty home appliances and furniture such as water heaters, refrigerators and bookcases.
  • Store combustible liquids away from possible explosion sources such as water heaters, stoves and furnaces.
  • Learn where and how to turn-off major things in your home like water, gas and electricity. Know how to turn them off and the position of any needed implements.
During the Earthquake:
  • If you are inside a building, stay there. Quickly move to a safe location in the room such as under a strong desk, a strong table, or along an interior wall. The aim is to protect you from falling objects and be located near the structural strong points of the room. Avoid taking cover near windows, large mirrors, hanging objects, heavy furniture, heavy appliances or firesides. Hold on to any strong covering so you can move with it until the shaking stops.
  • If you are in the kitchen cooking, quickly turn off the stove or gas and take cover.
  • If you are outside, move to an open area where falling things are not likely to hit you. Move away from buildings, power lines and trees.
  • If you are driving, slow down gently and park on the roadside. Avoid parking on or under bridges and overpasses, or under power lines, trees and large signs. Stay in your car.

When the Earthquake is over:
  • Check for damages or injuries; attend to injuries if needed, help make sure the people around you are safety.
  • Check for damage. If your house is severely damaged you should leave it until it has been inspected by an authorize safety expert.
  • If you perceive a smell like hear a gas leakage, get everybody outside and open the windows and doors. If you can do it without harm, turn off the gas at the meter. Report the leak to the Gas Company and fire department. Please, under no circumstance should you use any electrical appliances because a small spark could light up the gas.
  • If the power is out, unplug major electrical appliances to avoid potential harm when the power turns back. If you notice any spark, worn wires, or smell hot insulation turn off electricity at central control box. If you will have to step in water to turn off the electricity you should call a qualified person to do that for you.

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