Hazards: Building Collapses/Explosions
Threats, Hazards: Building Collapses/Explosions
Building collapses or explosions can result from structural damage, a gas leak, or sabotage. Either way, the set of rules below apply.
IF YOU ARE IN A BUILDING COLLAPSE OR EXPLOSION:
- Get out as quickly and calmly as possible.
- If you can’t get out of the building, get under a sturdy table or desk.
IF YOU ARE TRAPPED BY DEBRIS:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth or clothing.
- Move around as little as possible to avoid kicking up dust, which is harmful to inhale.
- If possible, use a flashlight so that you can see your surroundings.
- Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can hear where you are. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort as shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.
IF YOU CLEAN UP DEBRIS:
- Wear gloves and sturdy shoes.
- Sort debris by type (wood, appliances, etc.).
- Do not touch debris that has utility wires in it.
- Do not move debris that is too large or too heavy. Ask for help from neighbors, friends, and recovery workers.
IF THERE IS A FIRE:
- Fires often occur after a building explosion.