Tips for Earthquake Safety

 
Guest Blogger: 
Joseph Wrubel
Wrubel Home Inspections, LLC
502-643-8497
 http://www.wrubelhomeinspections.com/

“Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them – NOT under them. This space is what I call the ‘triangle of life’. The larger the object, the stronger, the less it will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the ‘triangles’ you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building.” 
            Doug Copp the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world’s most experienced rescue team.

1) Most everyone who simply ‘ducks and covers’ when buildings collapse are crushed to death.  

2) Babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct.  

3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake

4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed.

5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair.

6) Most everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is crushed.  

7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different ‘moment of frequency’ (they swing separately from the main part of the building). 

8.) Get near the outer walls of buildings or outside of them if possible – It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior.  

 9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them.

10) Newspaper offices and other offices have a lot of paper, which does not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper. 

Spread the word and save someone’s life…

Joseph of Wrubel Home Inspections has the experience and will educate your client in a neutral non-scary manner.

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