Earthquakes are natural disasters that can happen anywhere. This article presents some tips on how to increase your chances of surviving an earthquake disaster.
Earthquakes can hit anytime, anywhere. You can increase your chances of surviving an earthquake by always being prepared, and you can do that by learning some earthquake safety tips such as the ones below.
1. If you have little children, show them the safe places inside your home where they can go and which places to avoid. Small children can go under a big desk to protect their heads from dropping objects. They should stay away from mirrors, chandeliers, heavy furniture and windows.
2. Always be prepared by stocking up on some supplies that may come in handy during an emergency. Organize a first aid kit that will have enough bandages, gauze, pain relievers, disinfectants, alcohols and cotton balls. Keep at least a two week supply of food such as canned goods, cereals, chocolate bars, and bottled waters. Keep a stock of blankets, flashlights, extra batteries, extra clothing, cooking fuel and tools that may come in handy such as screwdrivers, hammer, and can openers.
3. Know where your controls are for your electricity, water and gas. Make sure that you know where your tools are in case you need to turn off any of your utilities.
4. If the earthquake strikes while you are cooking, turn the gas/electricity stove off and run for cover.
5. If you are driving, slowly park your car along the side of the road. Do not stay next to trees and power lines and do not park under bridges.
6. if you are caught outdoors when the earthquake strikes, stay away from objects that are likely to fall, like trees and power lines.
7. After the earthquake, check on your immediate family, see if anyone is hurt. Call for help immediately if someone is badly hurt.
8. Check your home for damages. If you think a gas leak resulted from the earthquake, immediately leave the area and open the doors and windows. If you know how to do it, turn off the gas and report the leak immediately to the fire department.
9. If there's a power outage, immediately unplug your appliances to avoid damage when the power is suddenly restored. If you smell something burning, turn off the main fuse box or remove the breakers.
10. Make your home safe, especially for little children. Do not hang mirrors where they are likely to fall on someone in the event an earthquake strikes. Put breakable objects inside cabinets with secured doors.
These are simple tips that can very well save your life. The best thing you can do to protect yourself from disaster is to keep yourself educated. Read more tips on earthquake preparation, talk to your kids about it in a way that will not breed fear. Even the strongest earthquakes only take place for a few seconds, but it is the number of aftershocks that can possibly happen that you would have to prepare for as well.