Earthquake Precaution Tips

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.

INSIDE

  1. 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.
  2. Safest areas also include the center of the building, along an inside wall, and away from glass and high-stacked items.
  3. Do not run; walk to a clear area outside the building.

OUTSIDE

  1. Move away from buildings, utility wires and poles, debris, and areas subject to falling glass.
  2. If unable to reach a clear area, stand in a doorway or archway.
  3. If threatened by falling debris, cover face with one forearm and back of head with the other.
  4. The most dangerous place is a sidewalk near possible falling debris such as glass and masonry.

IN A CAR

  1. Stop as quickly, but safely, as possible.
  2. Stay in the vehicle.
  3. Do not stop near overpasses, wires, high structures, or anything that could fall on your car.

AFTERWARDS

  1. Be prepared for aftershocks.
  2. Do not use matches, candles, or other open flames.
  3. Extinguish all fires.
  4. If you smell gas, open all windows and shut off main valve.  Leave building, and report leak to authorities.
  5. If water pipes are damaged, shut off main valve.
  6. If electrical wiring is shorting out, shut off at main meter box.
  7. Stay off telephone, except to report an emergency.
  8. Be prepared for side effects, such as fire and electrical hazards.

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