Consider the fact that an earthquake was the last thing on the minds of the residents of the Eastern Seaboard. Now that the first on has passed, it is time to start planning. Dan Edward Phillips, has provided a series of blog regarding the subject of Earthquake and preparing for them
During an earthquake, hanging plants can quickly become 'flying plants'. If you live in earthquake country and you want to keep your hanging plants hanging during an earthquake; make sure they are securely attached with a screw in 'eye hook' (not a 'J Hook') that is attached to a ceiling joist. In a severe earthquake the plant may swing enough to slip off a 'J Hook'.
An expansion type ceiling anchor will quickly 'tear out' the drywall it is attached to during an earthquake and the plant will fall or take flight. It will not only be a 'falling' hazard, it will also become a tripping hazard. This is one hazard you do not need when the lights may be out and you are trying to escape your home.
If you choose to retain your hanging plants, make sure they are located far enough from any window to avoid them 'swinging' and breaking the window.
When selecting 'eye hooks', make sure they are large enough to withstand the stress of an earthquake and long enough to penetrate the ceiling joist far enough to secure your plant.
Also, check the chain or cable that connects the pot to the hook and replace it if necessary.
If you have trouble locating a ceiling joist to attach your plant to, obtain professional help hanging your plants.
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