Non-structural vulnerability assessment of buildings and advice on mitigation
You can reduce your own vulnerability to becoming a casualty in a major earthquake by making some simple and cheap changes. It is not rocket science, mostly common sense. You should remember that significant numbers of casualties occur from objects falling or toppling within the home, office or public buildings.
If you review the contents in your home and place of work and where they are within each room, your overall vulnerability and that of your family or can be reduced substantially. This has the benefit of reducing the number and severity of casualties, decreasing avoidable internal damage to your home or place of work, and increasing the speed by which your community returns to normality. The stronger the earthquake, the greater is the damage that is likely to occur both to buildings and to the people inside. Even small objects can be thrown across a room in a major earthquake and can cause injuries. Heavier objects, like a TV screen or a large vase, can become lethal objects. About 20% of injuries in an earthquake arise from broken glass and mirrors. Managing where you have glass and mirrors in the home or office can have a huge impact on your safety and that of your family, children, and colleagues.
You do not have to rely on others to reduce your vulnerability.
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