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Earthquake Guide

Be Prepared!

You can put out a fire. You can sandbag a flood. You cannot stop an earthquake. Learn how to protect your home, family and workplace until the shaking stops.

Check for hazards at home:

•   Secure all heavy furniture that could topple, such as bookcases, china cabinets or wall units.

•   Hang heavy pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches,
and anywhere people sit.
•   Keep breakables or heavy objects on bottom shelves.
•   Secure a water heater by strapping it to the wall studs and bolting it to the floor.
•   Repair any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations. Get expert advice if there are signs of structural defects.
•   Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections.

Potential fire risks:

•   Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products securely in closed cabinets with latches and on bottom shelves.

Know the safe spots in each room:

•   Against inside walls
•   In stout doorways
•   Under sturdy tables or desks

Know the danger spots:

•   Windows
•   Fireplaces
•   Hanging objects
•   Tall, unsecured furniture

Practice earthquake drills, putting yourself in the safety zone.
This is especially important for children to know and do.

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