Dos and Don’ts During Earthquake

Earthquake

Summary – Earthquake

This article includes some safety dos and don’ts for earthquake. Most of the people become panic during earthquake does something wrong. So I wanted to give some tips about earthquake so that they can safely pass the earthquake period. 

Earthquake
Dos and Don’ts for Earthquake

Dont’s

  • DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other pieces of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there is no a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  • Protect yourself by staying under the lintel of an inner door, in the corner of a room, under a table or even under a bed.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, (such as lighting fixtures or furniture).
  • Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, load-bearing doorway.
  • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
  • Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.
  • Do not move from where you are. However, move away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and utility wires.
  • Do not light a match.
  • Do not move about or kick up dust.
  • Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
  • Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.
  • Don’t turn on the gas in your kitchen; there might be leakages
  • Don’t light a match until you are certain there are no gas leakages

Also Read: Prevention of Water Pollution

Dos

  • Do stay indoors and wait for the shaking to stop
  • Do move to a nearby safe place or take cover under a table or desk
  • Do hold on to a piece of heavy furniture for support
  • Do stand against an inside wall
  • Do find a safe spot away from power lines and building if you are outdoors
  • Do slow down your car and drive to a safe place nearby and then turn off the ignition
  • Do check on family and neighbors to make sure they are safe.
  • Do turn off circuit breakers and gas valves at the main as soon as the shaking has stopped to avoid further damage from a fire. An essential part of your earthquake preparedness should be making sure that all family members know where the breaker box and gas valve are and how to shut them off.
  • Do avoid windows and walls as they may break or fall down, causing injury.
  • Do open windows and doors to ensure an escape route once the shaking has stopped.
  • Do have a plan for where to meet others in the event of a disaster. Having a meeting place is part of any good earthquake preparedness or disaster plan.
  • Protect yourself by staying under the lintel of an inner door, in the corner of a room, under a table or even under a bed.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, (such as lighting fixtures or furniture).
  • Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
  • Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, load-bearing doorway.
  • Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.

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