It’s quick and easy to quake-safe your home

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON -

A few do-it-your­self prepa­ra­tions can make the dif­fer­ence be­tween your home be­ing quake safe or not. Start with the large items. Wa­ter tanks in the ceil­ing: Strap your header tank to the ceil­ing fram­ing then nail wooden blocks at four lo­ca­tions around the perime­ter of the tray, then fit wooden blocks be­tween the perime­ter of the tray and the tank. An­gle brack­ets will help se­cure your log burner to the base and a sim­ple chain and hook will keep a gas bot­tle re­strained from tip­ping or slid­ing with move­ment. Brack­ets will also keep large pieces of fur­ni­ture to the wall, while cur­tain wire across book shelves or a nar­row width of dow­el­ing will help pre­vent books top­pling to the floor. Brack­ets can also be used for small ap­pli­ances. The best means of keep­ing cup­board con­tents from spilling is to use child-proof latches, they are much stronger that mag­netic clo­sures. For the smaller or­na­ments sev­eral small pieces of Blu Tack or non-slip rub­ber mats can hold or­na­ments in place. All can be pur­chased cheaply at a hard­ware shop. If an earth­quake is bad enough, the chances your home is go­ing to be a mess, how­ever, if you have a quake-safe home, your fam­ily should be safe from se­ri­ous in­jury.

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