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