Why “Drop, Cover and Hold on”?
Rescue teams, emergency managers, researchers and school safety advocates all agree that “Drop, Cover and Hold On’ is the best thing to do at the first jolt of an earthquake. But have you ever wondered why?
It’s not because of the danger of collapsing buildings.
Images of collapsed structures that appear in the media after earthquakes are frightening but the likelihood of a building collapsing in New Zealand is rare. Our country’s strict building codes have greatly reduced the potential of structural collapse.
There is a possibility that certain building types, especially unreinforced masonry and certain structures constructed before the latest building codes, could fail. However, Councils are identifying these and managing a nationwide earthquake strengthening initiative under the Earthquake Prone Building Regime.
Far more hazardous than collapsing building are everyday objects above your head.
Falling objects are the greatest danger
When an earthquake strikes, even the most harmless objects can become dangerous.
From wall units and hanging lights, to speaker systems and partition walls - most objects can cause damage and injury when subjected to unusual forces.
A staggering 60% of all earthquake-related injuries in commercial buildings were caused by non-structural elements like these during the Canterbury Earthquakes.
Spot the Risks
The Shake Out is a great time to identify everyday objects that could causing injury and damage during an earthquake.
Need help? We've created a handy checklist of potential hazards. Print this out, work through the points, you will gain the knowledge to know the extent of your earthquake safety risk.
Download the Checklist here
Sign Up for the Shake Out Today!
Even if you live or work in an area designated as less risk of an earthquake quake, don’t dismiss this opportunity to get you and your workmates earthquake ready.
The ShakeOut on Thursday, 18th October is a one-minute earthquake drill when you practice "Drop, Cover and Hold On' and other parts of your emergency plan. It is a great way to make sure you know how to protect yourself in an earthquake, wherever you may be.
Quake Protected – Specialist Non-Structural Seismic Restraint Installers
Quake Protected installs non-structural seismic restraints in work environments so that potential falling hazards, like suspended ceilings, lighting racks, partition walls, computers and specialist equipment, stay in place during an earthquake.
These cost-saving solutions save people from harm, protect vital equipment and minimise the time it takes for you to get back to business.
Contact the Quake Protected team today on 0800 537 369.