Following Saturday's 5.6-magnitude earthquake that impacted much of Oklahoma, the Shawnee/Pottawatomie County Office of Emergency Management is reminding the public about some basic earthquake safety tips.
“Central Oklahoma is sometimes affected by earthquakes,” said spokesman Barry Fogarty. “While a life-threatening earthquake capable of causing widespread damage has never been reported in Shawnee, it's important to remember earthquake safety precautions.”
Drop, cover and hold on: Drop to the ground, take cover by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture, and hold on until the shaking stops.
Most earthquake related injuries in the U.S. are from broken glass, falling objects such as tall furniture, lighting and ceiling fixtures, and wall fixtures such as heavy mirrors.
Stay away from glass windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall on you , such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
Don't stand in a doorway.
Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Don't run outside or exit a building during the shaking.
Don't use elevators.
Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.