If you live near a fault line, one thing you must be prepared for is an earthquake. Whether you like it or not, you will likely have to live through one someday. Being prepared could mean saving your family and property from harm. Below are five steps you can take to help quake proof your home.
Make Sure Your Home Is Properly Anchored
One of the first things you should do is check under your crawlspace. Look where your walls meet the foundation slabs. Are they properly anchored to the slabs? If not, during an earthquake, it is likely that your home will slide along the slabs. Properly install anchor bolts along the sill plates every five feet to make sure this does not occur.
Protect Your Gas Line
One of the worst things that can happen during an earthquake is the gas line being punctured. The results can be deadly. Thankfully, you can do something to stop the gas if an earthquake were to occur. A shut off valve can be installed on the main gas line to turn it off automatically when an earthquake happens.
Purchase Heavy Handmade Furniture
You should also consider earthquake preparedness when you decorate your home. This certainly includes furniture. Instead of my flimsy furniture, go for more heavy handmade furniture. Wood is the best choice. Calgary wood furniture is solid and unlikely to be damaged during an earthquake. Your family can also use it for cover from falling debris. If you are in an earthquake prone area that you might consider anchoring top heavy furniture as well.
Protect Your Water Heater
Something else that is likely to be damaged during an earthquake is your water heater. To protect it, you will need to install a brace to give it extra support. The bracing in question should consist of sturdy metal stripping that is securely affixed to wall studs. You can purchase some from a hardware store.
Masonry walls that do not have extra support are especially at risk of being damaged by an earthquake. This includes walls made out of brick, cinder block, adobe and clay tiles. Whatever the case, one way to protect fragile masonry is to build a steel frame that the masonry will attach to. Consult with a structural engineer about this possibility.
Overall, most homes are not completely earthquake safe as is. If you live near a fault line, be sure to take the proper steps to make sure your home and belongings will be safe if an earthquake were to occur.
Informational Credit to The New Oak Tree
Emma is a freelance writer from Boston. Her interests include urban survival training and Urbex. In her free time, she enjoys baking, film noir, and indoor rock climbing.