Earthquakes are serious business. There is no way to ensure that you, your family and all your belongings are always going to be safe. There are, however, a few things that you can do that may reduce the damage your home experiences during a possible earthquake, depending upon the magnitude.
If you are building, repairing or designing a home, smaller windows are naturally stronger than large ones. Similarly, round windows can be much stronger than square ones, although you will need to order custom shutters.
There are no hard and fast rules about earthquake proofing but talking to structural engineers is the best way to discover the weak points of your buildings. There is persistent research in foundation technology and earthquake modelling that leads to innovations for building in earthquake prone areas.
A relatively modern invention is custom sized plastic films that can be applied to windows in earthquake prone areas, like Auckland. These films are virtually invisible and may not provide much structural reinforcement, but they can provide you with a layer of protection in the event of an earthquake by keeping broken glass together.
While they may not seem like structural additions, roller sunscreen blinds and roller blockout blinds often contain purpose built metal rods and housings that may act as additional window bracing in small earthquakes.
Strong shutters that are built into window frames and completely cover a window opening will also add structural integrity to your window openings.
Regardless of how much work you do to prepare your windows for a potential earthquake, it is still a bad idea to stay near them during an earthquake.
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