Did you know that each year, southern California has roughly 10,000 earthquakes? While most of these earthquakes are so small they can barely be felt, some earthquakes can cause a serious amount of damage to the structure of your property. When your home is hit by the devastating effects of an earthquake, you can find yourself confused, worried, and unsure where to turn. That’s why in this blog, we’re going to discuss what to do after an earthquake, so you can be well-prepared the next time one rolls through California.
If you’re worried that the structure of your home, commercial building, industrial space, or multi-unit housing development isn’t up to par with the current seismic preparedness codes in California, contact our engineers today. Our engineers are well versed in the latest and safest seismic retrofitting techniques, and we would be more than happy to come take a look at your property. Contact our friendly staff today to learn more!
Earthquakes in California: What You Should Know
After an earthquake occurs, it’s normal to feel shaken up and afraid. California’s Office of Emergency Service recommends that you check yourself first for injuries after an earthquake occurs, before you attempt to help others. Avoid trying to move severely injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. A few things to remember after an earthquake are:
Avoid Using The Phone
While you may be tempted to reach for that landline after an earthquake, our specialists advise you not to. Unless of course, there is an immediate and life-threatening emergency, using the phone can result in serious injury. Why is this? After an earthquake occurs, sparks can ignite throughout all of your electrical appliances and switches. In addition to avoiding landline phones, make sure to use any battery-powered equipment you may have. This may include a battery-powered flashlight, radio, or television.
Don’t Turn Off Gas
Unless you suspect a gas leak after an earthquake, do not turn off the gas at the meter. If you smell gas, hear gas leaking, or see broken gas lines, leave the building right away. Try to find a phone away from the building before you call your utility company or 911. If you do shut off the gas, there may be a big delay before the utility company can turn it back on.
Stay Out of Damaged Buildings
Earthquakes in California can cause serious damages to both the structure of the building and the people inside of it. Make sure to check your home or office for any damages after an earthquake. California’s Seismic Safety Commission advises people to check walls, floors, ceilings, doors, staircases, and windows to make sure your building is still sound. Also, be sure to watch for loose drywall and plaster.
Earthquake Retrofitting Experts in California
If you own a house, commercial building, or apartment building in California, it’s critical that you comply with the seismic regulations that have been implemented by the state. If you have any doubt in the integrity of your building, contact the engineers at Consulting Engineers Corp. today.