Top 5 Tips for Earthquake Safety


Duck and Cover

People who live in places with high seismic activity should scope things out at home and work to figure out where to go during an earthquake. When you're looking for a safe spot -- or if you happen to be in an unfamiliar building when an earthquake strikes -- here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Duck and cover: It's the most basic rule of earthquake safety. Get under a table or other solid piece of furniture and hold on until the shaking stops.
  • Stay against an inside wall, away from windows. Doorways aren't always the most secure option.
  • If you're in bed, use a pillow to protect your head and neck -- unless you're under a heavy light fixture. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
  • Don't go outside until the shaking is done.
  • Don't use elevators.

Keep reading to find out what to do if you're outside when things start shaking.