With the prevalence of earthquakes in the news lately, many home owners are concerned about what they can do to be prepared if their area is struck by an earthquake. While there are some aspects of earthquake readiness that pretty much need to be addressed before you even start building, there are also many ways that you can help keep you and your family safe in the event that an earthquake happens in your area. Common damage during an earthquake includes: broken/flying glass, furniture or appliances falling, cracks in the foundation and outside concrete structures, and breaks in the home itself.
To ensure that residents in your home are not injured by flying glass during an earthquake the best option is shatter-resistant films that can be professionally installed on your windows. Shatter-resistant films don’t keep the glass from breaking but they keep the glass from shattering and spraying in your home by use of a strong membrane and an adhesive that keeps the pieces of glass stuck to the membrane.
If you have large pieces of furniture or appliances in your home that could fall during an earthquake, it is a good idea to secure them to the wall with an anchor. China cabinets, wardrobes, and bookshelves can be prone to falling into a room in an earthquake because they are often quite tall and heavy; furniture-securing items are available at your local home improvement store. Other items that need securing are appliances like hot water tanks and fridges; products designed for securing these types of appliances are also available at home improvement stores.
Movement of your home from its foundation is a realistic concern; if you live in an area that is likely to experience an earthquake it is worthwhile having a contractor install foundation anchor bolts that provide extra stability between your home and its foundation. There are a variety of other types of tethers that can be installed in and around your house to ensure that the structure stays put together in the case of an earthquake too. Contact a local contractor to see what kind of cost installation is for the various types.
Remember that not all of the hazards will be inside your home either; some earthquake dangers are found outside the home as well. Make sure that you keep any trees around your home healthy and remove any leaning or dead trees from your property that can fall on your home. The more foresight that you can bring to your earthquake-proofing of your home, the easier it can be to deal with the experience of having an earthquake in your area.
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