Living in Colwood & the West Shores area means that earthquakes are a part of our lives. Because of that reality there are things we should do in case the "Big One" hits one day. There are the obvious ones like keeping an emergency kit with food, water, and supplies handy, but then there is the not as obvious ones. One of those is securing our hot water tanks.
Hot water tanks are usually supplied with water through a water line and natural gas through a gas line, or in the case of electric heaters, electricity through an electrical line.
Now imagine an earthquake starts and that water tank starts swaying and rocking! In time, the lines supplying the tank will tear away or disconnect resulting in flowing water, an electrical fire, or worse yet, natural gas filling your home resulting in an explosion!
So what can you do to help prevent this catastrophe? Well that's where your local Handyman can help! Installation of earthquake straps is the answer! What are earthquake straps? They are special metal straps made to wrap around a hot water tank and secure it to adjacent walls. In the event of an earthquake they help to keep your water tank from rocking and falling over thus preventing supply lines from being torn out.
So besides having that emergency kit on hand, maybe it's time for some other earthquake preparedness!