It is important to periodically remind ourselves of proper procedures so we are prepared. Each of us should also have a personal plan in place before a disaster occurs.
Each employee should review their work station to be sure it complies with the following minimum company safety rules:
- Remove plants, books and other heavy objects from areas above shoulder level.
- Familiarize yourself with the most direct exit from your work station to a safe location outside of the building (also plan an alternate route).
- Check electrical and computer cables to be sure they are not obstructing your safe exit from your work area and that the electrical connections are not overloaded.
- Keep aisles clear to ensure a safe path in case of an emergency evacuation.
Earthquakes strike without warning, and you may only have seconds to react. Intensity & length of time can range. Shielding yourself from debris and falling objects should be your first concern since this is the cause of most deaths and injuries.
- Take cover under a sturdy desk or table, in a keeling position, while shielding the face with one forearm and the back of the head with the other; or, stand in a doorway, using hands to brace on the hinged side of doorway to block the door from closing.
- Safest areas also include the center of the building, along an inside wall, and away from glass and high-stacked items.
- Do not run; walk to a clear area outside the building.
- Move away from buildings, utility wires and poles, debris, and areas subject to falling glass.
- If unable to reach a clear area, stand in a doorway or archway.
- If threatened by falling debris, cover face with one forearm and back of head with the other.
- The most dangerous place is a sidewalk near possible falling debris such as glass and masonry.
IN A CAR
- Stop as quickly, but safely, as possible.
- Stay in the vehicle.
- Do not stop near overpasses, wires, high structures, or anything that could fall on your car.
- Be prepared for aftershocks.
- Do not use matches, candles, or other open flames.
- Extinguish all fires.
- If you smell gas, open all windows and shut off main valve. Leave building, and report leak to authorities.
- If water pipes are damaged, shut off main valve.
- If electrical wiring is shorting out, shut off at main meter box.
- Stay off telephone, except to report an emergency.
- Be prepared for side effects, such as fire and electrical hazards.