Earthquakes strike without warning and at any time. Forty-five U.S. states and territories are at moderate to very high risk of earthquakes. Most injuries are caused by falls, flying debris or structural collapses.

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Securely fasten shelves and cabinets to walls. Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.

Store breakable items in low and closed cabinets with secure latches. Store flammable and other hazardous products in approved safety cabinets away from sources of ignition.

Get training. Take a first-aid class from an organization such as the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or National Safety Council. Learn how to use a fire extinguisher. Keep your training current. Training will help you to keep focused and know what to do when an earthquake occurs.

Secure all equipment with gas or electric lines by strapping to wall studs and/or bolting to the floor.

Brace ceiling and overhead light fixtures, cover with protective enclosures and install shatterproof lamps where possible.

Perform a workplace survey, especially if you are in an area with a high risk of earthquakes, to identify potential hazards to workers if an earthquake occurs.


First assist the injured, moving them only if they are in danger remaining where they are.

Be alert to safety issues created by the devastation of the earthquake. Avoid entering any buildings with structural or other visible damage until authorized to do so by local officials.

Immediately report any gas leaks, downed or damaged electrical wires, and spilled chemicals or other potentially hazardous materials to authorities or the utility companies.

Response and recovery work in earthquake-impacted areas presents safety and health hazards that should be properly identified, evaluated and controlled in a systematic manner to reduce or eliminate occupational safety and health risks to response and recovery workers.

Use caution when walking through debris. Watch for animals, broken glass and other materials, or spilled liquids that could cause injury or illness.

Only trained personnel should be involved in search and rescue or demolition and cleanup operations.



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