Everything is Falling: How To Prepare Your Home And Your Family For The Next Big Quake

Posted on: 11 July 2016

If you live in California, you need to be prepared for earthquakes. Part of that preparation includes making sure that the inside of your home is secured. Virtually everything inside your home can become mobile during a significant earthquake. Unfortunately, if you and your family members are in the house when the rumbling starts, you can suffer serious injuries from falling furnishings and décor. Here are some suggestions that will help you get your home secure before the next big quake happens.

Know Where All of Your Utility Shut-Off Valves Are Located

During an earthquake, all of your major utilities can be compromised. Your gas line can develop leaks. Your electrical wiring can come loose from your home. The water pipes can rupture. Each of those can cause serious injuries for you and your family. Before the next big one hits, make sure you and your family know where all the utility shut-off valves are located. Once the earth stops moving under your feet, you'll need to shut all the utilities off.

Secure All Tall Furniture 

Furniture such as bookshelves and entertainment centers can fall over in an earthquake. If they do, they can crush whoever is nearby. You can prevent injuries, by securing all of your tall furniture. Most home improvement stores sell furniture straps that will safely secure your furniture to the walls in your home.

Strap Down the Water Heater

Your water heater can pose a serious threat to you and your family in an earthquake. If your water heater collapses, it can send a flood of hot water pouring out on to whomever is nearby. Prevent serious burns by strapping your water heater to the wall. Water heater straps wrap around the water heater and are secured to the wall using heavy-duty screws. Once in place, your water heater won't budge during an earthquake.

Secure the Chandeliers

If you have chandeliers in your home (like those form Michael Mchale Designs), you need to make sure that they stay in place during an earthquake. Chandeliers can fall to the ground if they're not properly installed. To keep your chandelier safe and secure while the ground is shaking, be sure it's studs located in your ceiling. This will ensure that your chandelier is attached to your home's permanent structure.

When you live in California, you have to be prepared for the next big quake. The tips provided here will help keep your home secure when the ground starts shaking under your feet.