Home & Garden Columns

Quake Tip of the Week

By Larry Guillot
Friday August 03, 2007

Ouch! That Quake Hurts!  


How do most people get hurt in a big quake? Is it from the ceiling falling on them? The house collapsing all around them? No, historically there hasn’t been much “pan caking,” or houses falling apart around the occupants. Your major worry about your house is that it’s going to fall off its foundation, or possibly have a gas explosion if you’re not home to turn off the gas if an appliance supply line ruptures.  

The fact is that most people are injured in a quake by either trying to run to another room or outside, and the shaking knocks them down violently, or they get hit by falling objects like heavy furniture, wall hangings, or light fixtures.  

Securing your furniture is easy and pretty cheap. More on this later, but think about doing this NOW!  

Here’s to making your home secure and your family safe. 



Larry Guillot is the owner of QuakePrepare, an earthquake consulting, securing and kit supply service. Contact him at 558-3299 or see www.quakeprepare.com to receive semi-monthly e-mails and safety reports.