Tips for quake-proofing your home


by KGW Staff

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Posted on March 17, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 18 at 7:14 AM

There are simple things that every family can do to prepare for a possible earthquake shaking their home.

Experts recommend the following tips:

- Put child-proof latches on cabinets

- Store heavy objects at floor-level cabinets

- Store hazardous materials in floor-level cabinets

- Secure tall furniture with bolts

- Secure picture frames with Velcro

- Move beds out from under windows


It’s important to note that experts say even if you do quake-proof your home, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get earthquake insurance.

Here are some types of homes that could be excluded:

-100% Masonry homes

-Log homes

-Homes with post & pier foundations

-Homes with open foundations

-Homes built before 1950

-Homes with cement or tile roofs

-Homes in Portland’s West Hills