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Top tips on preparing for an earthquake

Imagining what it will be like when the next quake hits New Zealand can be daunting but a little preparation will make a big difference to your health and safety.

Your  workplace  is a priority  location to be prepared  for emergencies. Have a plan.  Secure your
area.  Make sure  you have an  emergency pack  or kit that is  ready and convenient  for all staff. In other words, don’t be scared, live prepared.
 
Here are a few tips on how to get your started.

Secure Your Surroundings

Reducing hazards throughout  your workplace will greatly reduce  your risk of injury during an earthquake.

Take a look around your environment now to spot potential risks like computers, filing cabinets, racking, refrigerators, audio-visual equipment and plan way  fix and fasten them so they do not move when shaking begins.

Restraining these  items now will help  to protect you tomorrow.

Need help? Download our handy potential hazard checklist here

Earthquake Safety Kits

Plan to be able to look after yourself and your colleagues for at least a day. Assemble and maintain your survival items in an easy to carry bag, just in case you have to leave in a hurry.

Suggested items:

  • Torch with spare batteries or a self-charging torch
  • Radio with spare batteries
  • First aid kit and essential medicines
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Pet supplies
  • Toilet paper and large rubbish bags for your emergency toilet
  • Face and dust masks

 
Top tips:

  • Check all batteries every three months.
  • Battery powered lighting is the safest and easiest.
  • Do not use candles as they can tip over in earthquake aftershocks or in a gust of wind.
  • Do not use kerosene lamps, which require a great deal of ventilation and are not designed for indoor use.

Resources

Seismic Restraints:

Potential Hazard Checklist Download

Kits:

Get Thru Government NZ - How to Get Ready 

Earthquake Survival Checklist Download

Exciting Giveaway: Earthquake Safety Kit

Will you be at Facilities Integrate in Auckland, 25-26th September 2018?
 
At Facilities Integrate in Auckland on the 25-26th September, we will be running a competition to win a 5 Person / 3 Day Basic Survival Kit, valued at $210 NZD. 

Talk to Jeremy and Nicky at our stall (number F44)  for further details.
 

This 5 Person / 3 Day Basic Survival Kit features core survival supplies, food and water to support a 5 person group for 3 days.

This kit includes:
 
(1) Large Duffel Bag,
(64) Purified Water Packs (5 Year Self Life),
(5) 2400 Calorie Food Bar (5 Year Shelf Life),
(5) Thermal Space Blankets,
(5) Hooded Ponchos,
(1) Solar/Hand Crank AM/FM Radio,
(1) Deluxe Flashlight with Batteries,
(1) Leather Palm Gloves,
(1) Pry Bar,
(1) Duct Tape,
(5) Dust Masks,
(5) Tissue Packs,
(1) Survival Whistle with Lanyard,
(3) Utility Bags,
(3) Infectious Waste Bags,
(1) Deluxe First-Aid Kit,
(1) Coil of Rope,
(1) First-Aid Book

ENTER TO WIN: Drop your business card in our comp bowl at Quake Protected's Stall F44 to win before 12 midday on 26th September 2018. The winner, chosen at random, will be announced by 1pm at the show. Pickup essential.

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 by email or call 0800 537 369.