After an earthquake

Quick thinking after an earthquake hits can minimize immediate dangers. Proper earthquake safety precautions after a tremor include the following:

  • Be prepared for aftershocks, which may be stronger than the initial jolt.
  • Tend injuries immediately and summon emergency assistance if necessary.
  • Check for structural damage, but do not enter a building that shows damage or has visible cracks in the walls or foundation.
  • Wear shoes at all times to avoid stepping on broken glass.
  • Turn off gas, electricity, and water if damage is suspected or if advised to do so by authorities.
  • Be cautious opening cabinets, cupboards, and closets in case items may be poised to fall.
  • Keep phone lines clear for emergency use.
  • Be patient : It may take hours or days to restore all services depending on the severity of the quake.

Source : Lovetoknow.com

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