bookcases, china cabinets, and other tall furniture to wall studs.
Brace or anchor high or top-heavy objects. During an earthquake,
these items can fall over, causing damage or injury. For more information,
items that might fall (televisions, books, computers, etc.). Falling
items can cause damage or injury. For more information, click here.
strong latches or bolts on cabinets. The contents of cabinets can
shift during the shaking of an earthquake. Latches will prevent
cabinets from flying open and contents from falling out. For more
information, click here.
large or heavy objects and fragile items (glass or china) to lower
shelves. There will be less damage and less chance of injury if
these items are on lower shelves.
breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china in low,
closed cabinets with latches. Latches will help keep contents of
cabinets inside. For more information, click here.
weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products securely in closed
cabinets with latches, on bottom shelves. Chemical products will
be less likely to create hazardous situations from lower, confined
heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors, away from beds, couches,
and anywhere people sit. Earthquakes can knock things off walls,
causing damage or injury. For more information, click here.
overhead light fixtures. During earthquakes, overhead light fixtures
are the most common items to fall, causing damage or injury.
the water heater to wall studs. The water heater may be your best
source of drinkable water following an earthquake. Protect it from
damage and leaks.
down any gas appliances. After an earthquake, broken gas lines frequently
create fire hazards. For more information, click here.
flexible pipe fittings to avoid gas or water leaks. Flexible fittings
will be less likely to break. For more information, click here.
any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations. Get expert advice if
there are signs of structural defects. Earthquakes can turn cracks
into ruptures and make smaller problems bigger.
to see if your house is bolted to its foundation. Homes bolted to
their foundations are less likely to be severely damaged during
earthquakes. Homes that are not bolted have been known to slide
off their foundations, and many have been destroyed because they
are uninhabitable. For more information, click here.
having your building evaluated by a professional structural design
engineer. Ask about home repair and strengthening tips for exterior
features, such as porches, front and back decks, sliding glass doors,
canopies, carports, and garage doors. Learn about additional ways
you can protect your home. A professional can give you advice on
how to reduce potential damage.
local seismic building standards and safe land use codes that regulate
land use along fault lines. Some municipalities, counties, and states
have enacted codes and standards to protect property and occupants.
Learn about your area's codes before construction.
All information obtained from FEMA