What We Can Learn from Napa's 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake

California's wine country is already bouncing back from the 6.0 magnitude earthquake — the strongest in 25 years. Some businesses are opening their doors after a quake that ignited gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region's famed wineries and historic buildings. This week LOCZIdesign is taking a look at some innovative and stylish buildings that take earthquake proofing to the next level.

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But if you're like most who aren't able to purchase a new earthquake-proof home or change the foundation of your existing residence, here are a few tips that can help you secure what you have and put your mind at ease.

  1. Secure into wall studs the top corners of tall, top-heavy furniture, such as bookcases and entertainment centers.
  2. Use flexible-mount fasteners to allow furniture independent movement and reduce the strain on studs.
  3. Use earthquake appliance straps to secure refrigerators and major appliances.
  4. Fasten televisions, stereos, computers and microwaves with flexible nylon straps and buckles for easy removal and relocation.
  5. Place latches on cabinet doors, especially those overhead, to help prevent content from falling out during the earthquake.
  6. Store heavy items and breakables on lower shelves. Place only soft art (if possible) on the walls above beds or sofas.
  7. Have a plumber evaluate, replace and properly secure rusted or worn water and gas pipes.
  8. Replace rigid gas connections to water heaters, stoves, dryers and other gas appliances with flexible (corrugated) stainless-steel gas connectors.
  9. Anchor water heaters to walls studs with metal straps.

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