More Tips for Earthquake Safety
Be cautious of your surroundings. Serious hazards can occur after an earthquake, including building damage, leaking water or gas lines, and/or downed power lines.
- Stay Calm. Do not attempt to telephone family or to travel until the emergency is officially declared to be over. Be prepared for aftershocks.
- Your greatest threat is from falling objects, electrical power lines, and gas lines. Get out from under it, away from it, or go around it.
- Turn off space heaters after the earthquake. Do not light matches or similar devices.
- If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, trees, bridges, utility poles, electrical power lines, gas meters or lines, and heavy machinery or equipment.
- Never use an elevator in a fire or earthquake. Electric power is likely to fail in both cases, leaving you trapped.