(Closed) Question for bees who live in earthquake prone areas

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

i currently don’t have anything over our bed, but in my parents house, we have shelves with photos (unframed) in them. anything i’ve had over my bed, i just make sure it’s super secure with nails/screws and earthquake putty.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My job is to teach people about earthquakes/earthquake preparedness and I get this question a lot.  Its fine to hang things over the bed as long as you used a closed hook- regular hooks allow a frame to bounce out of the hook with vertical movement.  Earthquake putty (aka museum putty…same stuff) is good, too, but not by itself for a heavy item on a vertical surface.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’ve had canvas prints above our bed for the last few years but we don’t take any special precautions with them. It’s just canvas and a few pieces of wood. But if we upgraded to anything heavier (mirror, framed photos with glass, etc) I’d definitely secure it more carefully. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’ve wondered about this myself. We live a few hours south of Christchurch, and though there has never been a big earthquake in our town I’m still constantly worried about it. I always make sure FH hangs all pictures up very securely and I refuse to hang anything above the kid’s beds or our’s.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Just wanted to add that its great that people think about these things- most earthquke preparedness is useful for other disasters, too.  I recently met a boy who lived 2 hours away from the epicenter of a 5.2 EQ.  He had a scar on his forehead from where a diecast car fell off a shelf and hit him in the head during the shaking.  He was very lucky it wasn’t worse.

*steps off soapbox* Sealed

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Decorative fabric prints work really well.  I have a nice piece of decorative japanese fabric that hung over my bed for years. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Please please do not hang anything breakable over your bed.  Hang a canvas painting or some other light weight art.  I also reccomend keeping a disaster kit in a safe place in your home

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I have wall stickers

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If your good a painting or a friend is an artist they could paint the wall so you wouldn’t need decorations.

I was only in one earthquake – it was the weirdest thing because I expected it to be all shakey, but instead it was like the ground was turned into the ocean and I was on a boat, all wavy like.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Meowkers:  You must be referring to the Northridge earthquake.  I’ve always lived in earthquake prone areas, first Guam and now California.  Northridge was the strongest earthquake I’ve experienced.  I happen to have cousins visiting at the time who are from Louisana.  I was 12 at the time and they were in their late teens.  I remember them crying for hours after that since the first time they had experienced an earthquake. 

Right now I don’t have anything over my bed but I’ve always used closed hooks and the putty for most items that I hang on the wall.  But try not to live in fear, take precautions of course but don’t be scared of what tomorrow may bring.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have a cute lightweight shabby chic frame I bought and spraypainted white. It has three squares that I covered in burlap aand glued two seashells and starfish on it. It’s a bit light, but if a big earthquake happened, I probably would prefer to not have anything there.

I almost bought a tall bookshelf to put beside my bed, but I’m thinking it’s best not to have one at the moment–and in an earthquake big enough, it probably wouldn’t be very safe.

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