Quick And Simple Ways To Earthquake Proof Your House

Posted on: 20 January 2017

According to the United States Geological Survey, there were approximately 14,588 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 or greater across the globe in 2015. If you in an area that is prone to earthquakes, or if they are few and far between, you want to make sure that your home is as safe as possible. In addition to hiring a professional to strengthen your foundation and perform several other upgrades, there are other simple ways to make your home more earthquake proof. Here are three easy things you can do yourself to help protect yourself and your family, in the event of an earthquake:

Invest in Museum Putty

If you're like most homeowners, chances are you have several knick-knacks, figurines, vases, and other collectibles on display. Instead of keeping everything that is valuable and precious packed away to protect them from an earthquake, there is an inexpensive solution that will allow you to safely display your stuff without the threat of damage: museum putty.

This putty is available at craft or home improvement stores and is an inexpensive way to secure your decorative belongings to the shelves throughout your home. To use, simply pull off several small chunks of putty and roll them into balls or strips between your fingers. Next, place these on the bottom corners of the piece and place it on the shelf.

Simply press down on the decorative item to secure it to the shelf. The putty is available in different colors, including opaque, so you won't be able to see the product. Additionally, the putty is non-toxic and won't damage your shelving.

Install Latches on Your Kitchen Cabinets

If you've ever been through an earthquake, you know the destruction and mess that can be left behind. Especially in your kitchen, and if you don't want to spend several hours cleaning up spilled spaghetti sauce, there is a simple solution: safety latches.

There are a variety of safety latches available at different price points. For example, if you want to save some cash, consider installing childproofing latches. There are more decorative latches that can be attached to the outside of your cabinets to provide a subtle decorative accent. However, be aware that several latches must be attached to your cabinets with screws, which can create damage.

There are other options available that will allow you to secure your cabinets without causing damage to the wood, but they are more awkward and cumbersome. For example, there are sliding plastic locks that can be used to secure your cabinets. These are a great option if you also have small children.

Learn About Window Film  

Finally, one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family during an earthquake is to make the windows as secure as possible. Head to your home improvement or hardware store and pick-up polyester or vinyl window film. The film is clear, and in the event the window breaks, it will help prevent the glass fragments from falling on the floor and injuring your family.

To apply the film, begin by cleaning the inside of your windows. Next, pull out the sheet and cut it so the film is slightly smaller than your window. This will allow you windows to naturally expand with the changing temperatures. Next, cover both the film and your window with soapy water. The soapy water will help the film adhere more effectively.

Finally, carefully apply the film to the window, and use a credit card or another piece of rigid plastic to smooth out any bubbles.

If you live in several parts of the United States, earthquakes are a part of life that you can prepare for. Simply follow these inexpensive tips to help protect you and your family from unnecessary injuries. Talk to a contractor who specializes in seismic retrofitting for more help.