While this may not be a fun topic to discuss, it’s very necessary. Our team at I Love OC Homes would like to share helpful home tips to prepare your house for an Earthquake - especially our Southern California clients, fires, or even floods. 

 

It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when- so you might as well be ready. 

 

Earthquakes

 

If you live in California, the phrase "the big one" should sound familiar. Our state sits on several faults, including the San Andreas Fault. The San Andreas fault is the sliding boundary between the Pacific Plate. 

 

First and foremost, you will want to consider earthquake insurance.  By law, if an insurance company offers homeowner's insurance in the state of California, it must also offer earthquake insurance.  Double-check your policy!

 

It's also crucial to make sure that your home has a strong foundation and to fix any cracks in your walls or the roof. Everything from the layout of your furniture in your home can be changed to protect your family when we have an Earthquake. While this may seem obvious, try not to hang paintings, glass lamps, chandeliers, and other decorative pieces directly above beds and sofas. Last but not least, put together an earthquake supply kit complete with water, nonperishable foods, flashlights, extra batteries, portable phone chargers, a blanket, and sturdy shoes. 

 

Fires

Unless you live in the mountains or our in a rural area, wildfires are not as big of a concern. However, house fires can happen. You should change the batteries in smoke and CO2 detectors twice a year. If a fire does start, the smoke alarm can detect it right away, especially if in the night while you are asleep. Sleeping with the doors shut, and having a fire extinguisher on each floor of your home will be beneficial. It's crucial to call the fire department right away, so if you have young children, make sure they know the home address and how to call 911. You should also create a fire exit plan that includes a place to meet outside of the home in the event of a fire. It's a scary conversation to have, but if they know what to do, it will help immensely. You can make this fun by having the kids draw up the plan to keep on the fridge. 

Floods

 

These tips help you prepare your home for a flood to limit structural and financial damage in the future. Electrical sockets, switches, and wiring should be elevated at least 12 inches above predicted flood levels. I look for these things when viewing homes with clients. Sockets situated in a safe place reduces the amount of damage a flood can cause to your home, and it prevents your home from becoming a safety hazard during the recovery period. If you live in a flood-prone region, a Flood Watch will be issued when the conditions are right for flooding. Once this occurs, move furniture, valuables, and important documents to a safe place. Copies of critical documents like birth certificates or insurance policies should be stored in a waterproof safety box. Keep in mind that this step should only be taken if you have time to evacuate your family safely. 

 

If you or someone you know is looking to purchase a home in the area or want more advice on how to prepare your home for natural disasters to give me (Tim De Shazer) a call at (562) 881-8252.