Esdevco shares tips on what not to do during earthquakes

Davao City has seen the mushrooming of condominium buildings in the past decade. 

If you are a returning resident who has been away for a long time, or a visitor from many moons back, seeing Davao City today–with its rising skyline–is seeing a major transformation.

But then, there are concerns too. What with the recent spate of earthquakes that hit the city and damaged some condominium buildings.

But then, one has to take the fact that one of the safest structures to live is a condominium building.

Condo trends of today call for them to be built to withstand earthquakes and typhoons. Homegrown developer Escandor Development Corporation (Esdevco) with its maiden offering–the Matina Enclaves in Quimpo Boulevard, Ecoland–is one development that strictly conforms to the building standards. Nevertheless, for the peace of mind of its condo owners, Esdevco shares some of the experts’ tips on what not to do during earthquakes.

“For Esdevco and Matina Enclaves, safety is a priority,” said project head Gerald Kent Garces.

It is important to know the what nots when you already are familiar with the what to dos in several earthquake drills that have been dome.
10 Must don’ts in your condo during earthquakes, according to experts:

1. Don’t rush to go outMany injuries occur when people rush outside, not only because of the possible chaos but also of falling and flying objects. Don’t rush outside during an earthquake, only do when the shaking has stopped.

2.Don’t seek out power lines. Power lines are dangerous during earthquakes because of the electrical current. When the power goes out, let it be. Rely instead on battery-operated devices like flashlights or even your smartphone.

3. Don’t go under a doorway. A doorway isn’t a safe place during earthquakes because you can easily get trampled. Doorways also leave you vulnerable because they cannot withstand earthquake tremors as better as a table or a bed.

4. Don’t get out of bed. Earthquakes can strike anytime, even while you’re asleep. Your bed can protect you when the shaking starts. Use your pillow to cover your head. Only leave your bed when there is a ceiling fixture that might fall.

5. Don’t hide in the kitchen. As much as possible, do not hide in your kitchen for various reasons. First, the kitchen cabinets can open and drop things like plates, knives, and glass. Second, the stove or any electrical appliance can cause fire. Third, larger appliances like the fridge or exhaust can fall on you.

6. Don’t use matches, candles, or flameAs there might be damaged gas lines, don’t use matches or any flame during and immediately after the earthquake.

7. Don’t shout for helpYelling during earthquakes can only be a good idea if you’re helping someone who’s experiencing anxious paralysis and cannot seek cover. Otherwise, shouting can make you inhale dangerous amounts of dust. A better option if you want to call the attention of a rescuer is to use whistles, if one happens to be on hand.

8. Don’t go to your carIf the earthquake strikes while you’re inside your condo, never attempt to go to your car to escape or seek shelter. Again, it’s better to protect yourself inside your condo.

9. Don’t ride the elevatorDon’t ever ride the elevator if you have to get out of the building. When the electrical power goes out, you can get trapped inside the elevator. Use the stairs instead.

10. Don’t do the “triangle of life”The “triangle of life” has attracted attention as a formula to survive during earthquakes. But some reports reveal that it’s not exactly reliable because it hasn’t been tested during actual earthquakes. The Triangle of Life is an unsubstantiated theory about how to survive a major earthquake, typically promoted via viral emails. The theory advocates methods of protection very different from the mainstream advice of “drop, cover, and hold on” method widely supported by reputable agencies.