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Earth Quake Safety

Earth Quake Safety

It is not possible to prevent earthquake or change the likelihood of an earthquake occurring.

However, we can greatly increase our chances of safety and survival, by being aware and pre-pared. Since knowledge and preparation are keys to your survival , by being aware and pre-pared. Since knowledge and preparation informed in article.

Earth Quake Safety

Dangers Associated with Earthquakes :

* The actual movement of the ground in an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of injury or death. Mos t casualties result from falling objects and collapsing structure.

Injuries are commonly caused by Earthquakes :

* Partial building collapse , such as falling masonry , collapsing walls, falling ceiling plaster etc..

* Flying glass from broken windows.

* In appropriate action resulting from panic.

* Overturned bookcases, fixed object, furniture , office machines and appliances.

Earthquake Preparedness :

                                             Remain calm. Sound usually precedes earthquake motion by a split second. If you have developed the correct earthquake response in your mind before a quake, this split second is enough time to activate your automatic reaction.

Prepare your family while Earthquakes :

* Know the safe spots in each room; against inside walls , under strong table, desks or archways.

* Know the danger spots : windows, mirrors , hanging objects, fireplaces and unsecured furniture.

* learn first aid.

* Keep a listing of emergency numbers.

Prepare your Home while Earthquakes  :

* Check your residence, whether constructed as per earthquake resistance norms.

* Keep breakables or heavy objects on bottom shelves.

* Secure tall heavy furniture which could topple, such as bookcases, filling cabinets and wall units.

* Secure the hanging appliances heavy picture frames and mirrors (especially over bed)

* Keep flammable or hazardous liquid such as paints , pest sprays or cleaning products in the garage or outside shed.

* Check chimneys , roof , walls, foundations for structural conditions.

During Tremor :

* If  outdoors , get into an open area away from trees, building , walls and power lines.

* If in a high-rise building , stay away from windows and outside walls. Get under a table. Do not use the elevators.

* If in a crowed public place, do not rush for the doors.

* Move away from display shelves containing objects that may fall.

* If indoor, stay there, Drop, Cover and hold. Get under a desk or table and hang on. Alternately you can stand in an archway or corner.

* In all cases , drop , cover and hold , protect your head as much as possible.

After Tremor Stops:

* Stay calm and check for injuries. Apply first aid if qualifies.

* Make a quick check for injuries or trapped people.

* Provide emergency first aid if needed. Do not try to move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger from further injury.

* Check for fires, gas and water leaks and damaged electrical wiring.

* If you smell gas, do not use matches, candles etc.. and do not operate electrical switches.

* Check building for cracks and damage, including rood, chimneys and foundation. If you suspect there is serious  damage, turn off all utilities and leave the building.

* Turn on your portable ration for emergency instructions and news reports, and cooperate fully with emergency response officials.

* Keep Disaster Response Routes clear for emergency vehicles.

* Remember - Stay calm and lend a hand to others in need.

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