Be Earthquake Prepared
Here are some tips to prepare your home for an earthquake
If you’re going to live in California, then you need to prepare your home and your family for an earthquake. These disasters are notoriously difficult to predict, too, so it’s better to expect the worst at any time. In southern California alone, there are approximately 10,000 earthquakes a year, albeit tiny. However, even though most of these earthquakes go unnoticed, the threat of a major one still holds strong. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Master Window Solutions can’t stress the importance of earthquake preparedness enough, so we put together a checklist to follow if you’re a homeowner in Palm Desert.
Secure loose structures
At least once a year, go through the home and inspect for anything that isn’t properly secured. This could be light fixtures, banisters, shelves, cabinets, appliances, and anything else. Additionally, if you have decorations on the walls, like pictures and mirrors, make sure that they’re also secured. In the event of a noticeable earthquake, insecure structures are going to be the first to fall. If a person or pet is underneath, they’re going to be injured or worse.
Have multiple first aid kits on hand
It may seem like a stretch, but you should have not one, but a few first aid kits throughout the home. If a major earthquake happens, some rooms may not be safe to enter. If somebody is hurt, and the kit is in an inaccessible room, you could find yourself in a sticky situation. Placing first aid kits throughout the house is the best way to prepare for a disaster. And, most simple first aid kits are inexpensive, so you won’t have to break the bank when purchasing one.
In addition to first aid kits, you should also make sure to have bottled water. If pipes or water lines burst, you may not have access to clean water. These little things don’t seem important to have on hand at first, but they may be necessary in the event of an emergency.
Practice drop, cover, hold on
Instruct your household on the “drop, cover, hold on” method. In the event of an earthquake, you should get down, get underneath a stable structure, like a table, to protect your body, and hold onto the shelter. If there is no nearby shelter, hold onto your head to protect it.
Windows are made of glass and them shattering spells danger. Glass shards are sharp and could cause cuts and bleeding. One of the solutions that we offer for added window security in the event of an earthquake is protective 3M residential window tint. This protects windows from shattering, adding an additional level of safety to your home in case a quake hits Palm Desert.
Master Window Solutions is passionate about earthquake safety. Always prepare your home and family for the worst. Secure structures and windows, practice body safety, and always have supplies on hand. If you’re interested in a 3M protective window tint for your home, don’t hesitate to contact us today!