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