Teaching Kids about Earthquakes

There’s nothing like Southern California’s biggest earthquake in 20 years to get you thinking about how you’d react if you felt one. Being prepared is the best way to quell fears. After 20 years of living in San Diego, here’s what we’ve learned . . .

1. Take a first aid class and learn CPR.

2. Plan with your kids…children as young as age 3 can learn the basics about safe and unsafe spots in your home. Teach them to move away from windows and mirrors that might shatter in an earthquake. Move away from bookcases and heavy furniture that might topple over. Crawl under a desk or heavy piece of furniture or stand against an inside wall. Stay inside since something outside could fall on them.

3. Teach your child how to dial 911.

4. Teach your child to, in the case of a night time quake, stay in his bed and cover his head with a pillow until the shaking stops.

5. Prepare your home as best as you can with an emergency kit supplied with non perishable foods, water, medicines, batteries, can openers, flashlights, etc.

6. Secure your tall furniture to the wall to help prevent it from toppling over.

7. Be sure your water heater is strapped to the wall to help prevent tip overs and gas leaks.

8. Brace your overhead light fixtures.

9. Learn how to shut off your gas, water and electricity.

10. Avoid hanging glass picture frames, mirrors or shelves above your child’s bed or crib. Also, don’t place beds and cribs near windows and bookcases.

For more information about ways you can prepare for a disaster, visit www.FEMA.gov. This video will help you teach your kids about earthquakes. Also, in San Diego you can contact the following baby proofing companies for advice on and help with the best equipment to use to secure furniture, hang pictures, etc:

Baby Home Safety: babyhomesafety.net

Baby Safe Homes: babysafehomes.com

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