Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Earthquake Preparedness 103 Bedside Earthquake Safety Kit

What is a Bedside Earthquake Safety Kit?

Each family member should consider having a personal Earthquake Safety Kit next to their bed. The kit contains a hard hat, leather work gloves, shoes stuffed with a pair of socks, a flashlight and a whistle. Other items can include a small pry bar, goggles, headlamps or light sticks.

The need for safety precautions is not only necessary during the seconds and minutes the earth is moving but during the period after a quake when response and recovery occurs.

Most injuries are caused after an earthquake subsides. Research indicates the majority of injuries happen to feet due to broken glass and debris. Having a hard hat, leather work gloves, shoes and socks will protect the body.

The kit should not be expensive. Used hard hats can be purchased at Goodwill, thrift stores or yard sales for $5-10. Label each hard hat in large letters with their names with an indelible marker or reflective tape. All items can fit inside the hard hat or kits can be easily stored in used canvas bags and hung from bedposts or off hooks at the head of the bed. It is recommended that adults add a pry bar, plastic safety goggles and a head lamp to their kits for added safety.  The entire kit can be put together for $25 or less.

Free animal alert stickers are available from the ASPCA that can alert emergency response personnel that there are pets in the home. Leashes are a recommended addition to an earthquake kit.

Prepare an earthquake safety kit for each member of your family and prevent injuries. Practice earthquake drills at night. Put on your safety equipment and meet at the family meeting place. Do not move away from your bed before you put on your safety equipment even if you are going to help the children or other loved ones. If you are going to help someone else always protect yourself first. Be leaders in your neighborhood and start a trend. Prepare a bedside earthquake safety kit today. Studies indicate if you don’t do it today you probably won’t do it at all. Will your family be safe in the event an earthquake occurs?


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