Natural disasters such as earthquakes are inevitable, but the damage is not. Natural calamities strike without any warning and that’s why preparedness is the only way to minimise damage. Here are a few simple tips to ensure earthquake safety:
1. Secure Your home
Design and build your home in a way so that it can withstand an earthquake. Use TMT bars during home or building construction. TMT bars have superior strength and have higher elongation. And that’s why it protects any concrete structure from extensive damage during an earthquake. However, along with earthquake resistant building materials, you will also need to follow proper building design guidelines to ensure complete safety.
2. Secure the contents of the building
From toppling bookcases to gas and electrical appliances, securing the household items is an important step to minimise damage. Use earthquake appliance straps to secure the appliances such as a refrigerator to walls. Hang mirrors and framed pictures on closed hooks; secure the top of heavy furniture such as bookcases to the wall. Anchor them to the stud so that they do not fall during an earthquake.
3. Have a Disaster Kit Ready
This is an important thing that everyone must have in their home, especially people staying in earthquake-prone areas. The kit must contain medications, emergency cash, copies of important documents such as ID cards, License etc., snacks, water, notebook, flashlight and batteries etc. Keep all these things in a backpack or any other small bag so that you can carry them easily during the evacuation.
4. Practice Earthquake Drills
Regularly practice earthquake drills with your family. Every member of the family must know the things to do if an earthquake occurred. This helps the kids to understand what to do in case you are not with them during such a natural calamity.
5. Find an Open Spot
During an earthquake, come out of the building and find a clear spot away from big trees, buildings, power lines, and streetlights. Drop to the ground and stay in that position until the shaking stops.
6. Find a Cover
If you are stuck inside the building during an earthquake, drop to the ground and cover yourself under something strong such as table or desks. Hold on to that object and protect your head and neck.
We hope that these tips will help you learn the tricks to stay safe during an earthquake.