PSIE Industrial Magazine Volume 1 Issue 1 - Page 34

Page 34 Volume 1, Issue 1  Brace yourself in an inside corner away from windows, if you cannot find a table or desk to get under.  Practice drop, cover, and hold-on at least twice a year. Frequent practice will help reinforce safe behavior.  Wait in your safe place until the shaking stops, then check to see if you are hurt. You will be better able to help others if you take care of yourself first, and then check the people around you. Move carefully and watch out for things that have fallen or broken, creating hazards. Be ready for aftershocks.  If you’re outside in an earthquake, stay outside. Move away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines. Bricks, roofing, and other materials can fall from buildings, injuring persons nearby. Trees, streetlights, and power lines may also fall, causing damage or injury. Crouch down and cover your head.  If you are in a moving car, stop. Stop as quickly as safety permits in the best available space. Stay in your car. Don’t stop where buildings can topple down on top of you. A car is an excellent shock absorber and will shake a lot on its springs during an earthquake, but it’s a fairly safe shelter from which to assess your situation.  Get training on first aid and how to use a fire extinguisher According to OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), “ Most earthquake-related injuries result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects as a result of the ground shaking, or people trying to move more than a few feet during the shaking.”    Be on the lookout for fires. Fire is the most common earthquake-related hazard, due to broken gas lines, damaged electrical lines or appliances. Extinguish all open flames. Turn off all appliances and office machines. Check power lines and cords. If problems exist in electrical lines or gas lines the mains should be shut off. If you are inside the building, then stay inside and follow step 1. If you must leave a building after the shaking stops, use the stairs, not the elevator.