Many regions have a history of large earthquakes. For example, more than 1,000 earthquakes are registered in Washington state each year.
In an earthquake, non-structural elements, which is anything that does not actually hold the building up, may become unhooked, dislodged, thrown about, and tipped over. This can cause extensive damage, interruption of operations, injuries, and even death
By taking action now you can prevent injuries, save lives, and reduce the damage caused by earthquakes and other geologic hazards. Nonstructural hazards can often be very easy, and inexpensive, to remedy. Positioning furniture differently in the room, bolting heavy and tall furniture to the walls, and removing dangerous and heavy items from top shelves are all possible fixes. Use your safety committee, emergency response teams, and maintenance personnel to identify and reduce or eliminate hazards. Focus on those hazards that represent the greatest life safety threat.