How to protect yourself?

11:16, May 18, 2008

Here are some guidelines to staying safe in earthquakes.

Things that you will need: Portable Radios, First Aid Kits, Fire Extinguishers and Flashlights;

Step 1

Stay inside and duck and cover. Get underneath a desk or table, or stand in a corner or under a doorway. Cover your head and neck with your arms.

Step 2

Move against an interior wall if in a high-rise building with no protective desk or table nearby. Cover your head and neck with your arms.

Step 3

Try to get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls, signs and power lines if outdoors.

Step 4

Pull over to the side of the road away from overpasses and power lines if driving. Stay in your car until the shaking ends.

Step 5

Get away from shelves or other areas where objects may fall if in a crowded store or public area. Do not run for the door. Crouch and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms.

Step 6

Stay in your seat if in a stadium or a theater. Get below the level of the back of the seat and cover your head and neck with your arms.

Tips and Warnings:

· If you take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, hold on to it and be prepared to move with it.

· Try to stay away from kitchens and garages, where there are often many objects that might fall.

Source: Xinhua\agencies

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