FDPP Month Six (Family Disaster Preparedness Plan) is available below...
The Family Disaster Preparedness Plan Month Six is available for free
with an informational disaster preparedness form for securing and strapping your hot water heater to download
and print for your Family Disaster Plan.
Fresh water after a disaster may be as close as your hot water heater
providing, however, that it remains standing upright. A typical hot
water heater holds 30-40 gallons of water. This supply of water,
however, is extremely vulnerable to the ground swells and rolls of
earthquakes as well as the ground shaking, causing them to easily tip
over. Protect this valuable resource by securing your water heater to
the wall studs.
Because so many tanks burst through their strapping in earthquakes,
experts have modified the recommended procedure for strapping water
heaters. Experts now recommend these two important changes:
secure both the top and the bottom, rather than just the top or just the middle, of the tank.
Use nylon strapping rather than metal plumber’s tap. Many water
heaters in earthquakes burst through the plumber’s tape. Plumber’s
tape is now felt to be too brittle to be effective.
The Activities for the Family Disaster Preparedness Plan Month Six:
Download and print informational sheet below and place in your Family Disaster Plan notebook for handy reference.
Calendar a date and time this month when you will secure water
heater. This activity is a 1 or 2 person activity rather than a whole
Review the instruction sheet and purchased all necessary supplies.
There should be very little space between the water heater tank
and the wall. If there is more than 1-2 inches, attach a wooden block
(a length of 2x4 or 1x4 lumber) that spans the distance between the wall
studs behind your water heater with long lag screws. (See project
sheet) This will prevent the heater from tipping backwards.
Wrap nylon strapping 1 ½ times around the tank. Start by
placing the strapping at the back of the tank. Bring it to the front and
then take it back to the wall.
Secure this strapping to the wall studs or the wood block using
several ½ inch x 3 inch or longer lag screws with oversized washers. If
you are securing it directly into concrete, use ¼ inch expansion bolts
in place of the screws.
Replace all copper and metal piping with flexible natural gas and water line connectors.
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