How can I make my water heater earthquake safe?

Unsecured water heaters often fall over, rupturing rigid water and gas connections. If your water heater does not have two straps around it that are screwed into the studs or masonry of the wall, then it is not properly braced. Bracing kits are available that make this process simple. Have a plumber install flexible (corrugated) copper water connectors, if not already done.

Identify Potential Hazards in Your Home and Begin to fix Them.
This is a link to Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country.

LAFD Earthquake Handbook: Securing Your Hot Water Heater
Instructions for securing a hot water heater for an earthquake (go to page 12).

What are the chances an earthquake could hit your favorite locations? Make a One-Step Earthquake Forecast here.
To see locations of current major earthquakes, go the Hazards Viewer and click on one of the Earth globes on the right hand side.
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