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Preparing Your Garage for an Earthquake

Published May 15, 2014 in category: Experts Garage Doors And Gates, Garage Door and Gate Repair.

In addition to being known as the sunshine state, California also has the reputation of housing the most earthquake activity in the United States. With over 37,000 earthquakes recorded annually, Orange County residents must take certain steps in order to protect their home and family.
Garage doors can be a particularly vulnerable piece of your Irvine estate during an earthquake, and can pose a serious threat if not properly secured.

How can I prepare my garage door for earthquakes?

• Brace garage door openings.

When an earthquake hits Anaheim, your garage door must be able to support the seismic load. Brace the narrow walls on either side of the garage door with steel bracing or plywood panels in order to endure the earthquake and reduce structural damage.

• Consult a registered professional engineer or licensed architect.

You wouldn’t attempt to bake a wedding cake if you’ve never stepped foot in the kitchen, so why would the same be true of earthquake preparation? To truly achieve peace of mind when it comes to protecting your Orange County home, OC Local Garage Doors and Gates suggests consulting with a professional.

• Don’t forget about the room above the garage.

If there is a living space or another room above the garage, it is important that those occupants are educated in earthquake survival and know how to react to an emergency.

How else can I prepare my home for earthquakes?

• Brace chimneys and water heaters.
• Protect windows.
• Consider earthquakes when purchasing light fixtures.
• Arrange furniture away from windows.
• Secure appliances.
• Put together an emergency kit in case of utility outages.

Education is the most pivotal aspect of surviving an earthquake. Garage doors and appliances can always be rebuilt, but the loss of a loved one can never be erased. OC Local Garage Doors and Gates urges you and your family to never stop learning the best ways to endure this natural disaster.

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