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Earthquakes

 

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Activity: Home Hazard Hunt
 
It is very important to be prepared before an earthquake. They happen without warning, so you have to be ready. Many people are hurt during earthquakes from things falling on them or from other hazards caused by the earthquake. To protect yourself and your family, it is necessary to prepare your home for an earthquake.
 
Instructions
 
With an adult, look around your home and, using the checklist, "hunt" for home hazards. Put a check in the box if the statement is true. If you find hazards, talk with the adult about ways to fix them.
 
 
All beds and cribs have been moved away from windows.
All mirrors and/or framed pictures have been removed from above beds or cribs.
The sofa is not beneath a heavy mirror or framed picture.
All heavy objects have been moved to low shelves in bookcases and cabinets.
All breakable items have been moved to low shelves in bookcases and cabinets.
All hazardous materials such as insect sprays have been placed on low shelves.
All tall pieces of furniture such as bookcases have been braced to the wall.
The hot water heater is strapped to the studs in the wall.
Hanging light fixtures are reinforced so they do not fall during an earthquake.
The latches on cabinets are strong enough to prevent the doors from opening during an earthquake.

Activity: Practicing Safety
 
Drop, Cover and Hold
 
During an earthquake, the best way to protect yourself is to use the "Drop, Cover and Hold" technique.
 
  1. Drop to the ground and under a sturdy piece of furniture such as a table.
  2. Cover your face with your arm to protect it.
  3. Hold onto the furniture until the shaking stops.
Practice "Drop, Cover and Hold" at least twice a year. Teach this technique to the other people who live in your home.
 
Activity: The Safe Place
 
People who try to move from one room to another during an earthquake are more likely to get hurt. To stay safe, you should choose a "safe place" to be during an earthquake. You should have a safe place in each room of your home. The safe place should be:
  • Away from windows that may shatter.
  • Away from bookcases or other furniture that could tip over.
  • Away from framed pictures, mirrors or other objects that could fall on you.
Instructions
 
Draw a picture of a room in your house and point out the safe place. Do this with your family for each room.

 

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