Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident

Your home is where your heart is– and you should always be well prepared to protect it in the case an earthquake occurs.

Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident

After the devastating recent events occurred in Hawaii’s Big Island, many homes are suffering tremendous damage from earthquakes and molten lava. Your home should always be considered the safest place you could turn to. It doesn’t hurt to take those extra precautionary steps to make it safer.

 

  1. Shut Off Utilities- In the case of an earthquake occuring, it is often advised to shut off your utilities to prevent any natural gas leakage, electricity sparks or contamination of tap water. It’s important for capable members of the household all learn how to shut off the utilities properly.
  2. Secure Your Space- Take precautionary steps by moving tall and heavy furniture such as bookcases, dressers, picture frames, mirrors, away from areas that people spend a lot of time in such as beds or couches. Secure your furniture with special straps and wall studs.
  3. Supply a Survival Kit- Include in the kit with items such as drinkable water, non-perishable foods, food for children and dogs, first aid, flashlights, etc. There are many pre-made survival kits that are ready to go for you in the case of an emergency
  4. Scan Your Home- Take some time and evaluate the safety of your home. Find any weaknesses and unstable foundations in your home. Get professional help and find out if your building complies with local building codes.
  5. Sign up for Earthquake Insurance- Unfortunately for many homeowners currently in Hawaii during this tragic time of events, their homes are not insured for the natural disasters ensuing. Homeowners and renters insurance don’t cover earthquake damage. You may find that earthquake insurance wouldn’t be necessary because earthquakes aren’t that frequent in your area. However, insurance is used for those rainy days.

If you would like a full in depth safety checklist, the government provides an informative earthquake checklist that could potentially save a life. Please feel free to also use our 5 S’s to Home Earthquake Safety.