Thursday, March 18, 2004

Neal's Safety Tip of the Week

I live in earthquake country now. Because of this, I always keep some stored water on hand.

You never know when you might have to go without water for a day or two. Water is far more important than food. Try to store 2 gallons per day for each person in your household. I try to keep at least 3 days worth of water on hand in case of an earthquake.

Probably the easiest way to do this is to get a 5 gallon bottle of water, the type used in free-standing water machines. The manufactures claim water stored this way is good almost indefinitely.

If you store your own water, get a good quality container. Milk jugs and similiar disposable water jugs will leak in about six months. If this is intended for long term storage, you should add 6-8 drops of bleach per gallon to the water to prevent algae.

You can learn more at Ready.gov and at the LA Fire Department's Earthquake preparedness page.

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