Earthquakes are a fact of life in King County. While most quakes are minor and cause little or no damage, the potential for a significant earthquake is always there. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared. Here are some tips on staying safe during an earthquake and adequately utilizing your earthquake and seismic gas shutoff valves.
During an Earthquake
If you’re inside when an earthquake hits, you should first drop to the ground and take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture. If there’s nothing nearby that you can use for cover, get down low and protect your head and neck with your hands and arms. Once you’re in a safe position, hold on until the shaking stops.
If you’re outside, move away from buildings, power lines, and anything else that could fall on you. Once you’re in a safe spot, drop to the ground and assume the same position as if you were inside. Again, hold on until the shaking stops.
After an Earthquake
Once the shaking has stopped, check yourself for injuries and check on others who may need help. If you smell gas or see sparks or fires, evacuate immediately and don’t turn any lights on or off or use anything electrical until you’re well away from the source of the danger. Only return home when authorities say it’s safe to do so.
Shutting Off Your Gas
If your home has suffered damage during an earthquake, your gas line may have been ruptured. If you smell gas or see sparks or flames coming from any appliances that use gas (stoves, water heaters, etc.), shut off your gas immediately.
To do this, locate your home’s main shutoff valve—usually near the meter—and turn it to the “off” position. Once the valve is turned off, don’t turn it back on yourself; only a qualified professional should do that.
Evergreen Seismic is Washington’s Trusted Earthquake Specialist
There is no way to predict when an earthquake will occur. That’s why it’s crucial to have a gas shutoff valve before an earthquake hits. In an earthquake, this will cut off your home’s gas supply, protecting you from potential explosions and flames.
With years of experience, Evergreen Seismic is a leading provider of earthquake and seismic gas shutoff valves in King County. We offer a wide range of products to suit all budgets and requirements, and our team of experts is always on hand to provide advice and support. So if you’re looking for peace of mind in an earthquake, don’t hesitate to contact Evergreen Seismic today!
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