While major earthquakes are comparatively rare, minor quakes are fairly common occurrences, even in this country. Knowing what to do in the event of an earthquake could help to prevent personal injuries and even save lives.
Earthquake safety tips
Being prepared for an earthquake includes having a quake readiness plan; consulting professionals with regards to making your home a little sturdier (strapping water heaters and bolting bookcases, tall cupboards, etc. to wall struts) and designating a safe room in your house (where the chance of injuries by falling objects is minimal to non-existent). Keep a first aid kit (fully stocked); 11.4 litres (three gallons) of water for each person in your household; goggles and dust masks; flashlights and a working radio (battery-operated), as well as a supply of spare batteries in this room. Knowing how to turn water and gas mains off is obviously also essential.
During a quake
Whether you are at home, at work or on holiday, if the earth begins to shake, prevent accidental injuries by:
- Dropping down and taking cover underneath a table or desk and hanging on.
- Staying indoors until it is definitely safe to go outside.
- Staying away from any furniture or bookcases, that could fall on you, and windows.
- If in bed when shaking commences, staying where you are, holding on and protecting your head with pillows.
- In high-rise buildings (hotels, office blocks, etc.), expecting sprinklers and fire alarms to go off.
- If outdoors, dropping to the ground in an open space away from power lines, trees and buildings.
- If in the car, slowing the vehicle down, finding an open space to stop and remaining in the car until shaking ends.
Earthquakes on holiday
Like injuries by slips, trips and falls, injuries by earthquakes can be minimised by owners of hotels and other public spaces having suitable contingency plans and safe places for patrons to stay in until an earthquake ends. Subsequently, if you are injured during an earthquake or by a slip, trip or fall because you were left to your own devices or because the person responsible for an establishment was negligent, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice