Natural disasters occur in every country every year that it is considered a common occurrence. One devastating natural disaster is an earthquake. It can produce traumatic and destructive effects such as collapse of buildings and properties and is a possible cause of fire breakouts. Authorities is encouraging everybody to be well informed on how to remain safe and prevent accidents from happening in case of an earthquake occurring.
Having fire preventive devices such as fire extinguishers and smoke alarms are not enough to keep you safe in fire breakouts caused by an earthquake. You should be able to determine the possible causes to put it out safely. You can greatly reduce your chances of becoming injured or trapped in a fire outbreak by identifying possible hazards and following some essential tips in an earthquake situation.
Fire hazards during and after an earthquake:
1.Furniture, appliance and household products can fall, shift and spill.
2.Pools of water can be electrically charged.
3.Leaking gas lines and damaged propane containers can explode or ignite.
4.Flammable liquids like gasoline and paint thinner may have spilled.
5.Frayed and damaged electrical cords could create an electrical fire hazard.
6.Combustible liquids can be exposed to heat sources.
7.Appliances may emit smoke and sparks after damage during the earthquake.
8.Overloaded power cords can ignite and cause a fire.
9.Kitchen oven range used to heat your home can be a source of toxic fumes and is a fire hazard.
10.Wirings and exposed outlets can present a life safety hazard.
11.Fire safety tips in case of an earthquake:
12.Be careful and assume that all the wires inside your home are electrically charged.
13.Be observant and smell gas leaks. If you can smell it, immediately leave the house and leave your doors open.
14.After the earthquake, have a licensed electrician check and repair damages electrical wirings in your home.
15.For gas safety, never strike a match in any part of the house. Even a simple spark can cause an explosion.
16.Some smoke alarms may be dependent on the power supply and could not be working during a power outage. Check if it has back-up battery system and make sure to install a new battery at least once a year.
17.If a fire hydrant is near your home, be sure to always keep it away from debris for easy access by the fire department.
18.Use alternative heaters that have tip switches designed to automatically turn off when it is tipped over.
To lessen the chances of becoming a fire casualty in an earthquake, it is crucial to identify potential hazards in your home. Make the necessary precautions in everything you do inside your home after experiencing an earthquake. Being mindful of these essential tips can possibly make a difference and save your life.