August 2, 2018 | Barb Huntley
Earthquakes test the structural reliability of every building as they hit. Engineers continue to learn something new about structurally proofing buildings as every new earthquake comes. No matter the year your home was built, it is important to have the structure inspected for seismic proofing.

First and foremost, remove any pieces of décor that hang above your bed or anywhere that someone may lay or sit. If you live in an earthquake prone zone, décor above your laying space is a definite no. Since we are already on the topic of removing items that hang above your head it also important to mention light fixtures. Make sure all lights and fans are correctly fixed to the ceiling. Any lose screws will be the first to go when your home starts to shake.

Second, dressers and bookshelves are dangerous for climbing kids and a shaking house. These items are usually extremely heavy and if they were to tip over and someone was in the line of the fall, it could result in serious injury or even death. Make sure all dressers and bookshelves are bolted or strapped to the walls and floors to prevent overturning.

Lastly, make certain all members of the household that are over 12 know where your gas, electric and water main shutoff controls are and how to turn them off if there is a leak or electrical short. Keep necessary tools close by.

Taking these steps will allow you to stay calm and focus on other issues at hand when an earthquake is happening.


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