The Great Utah ShakeOut: Hunt for home hazards

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  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 11, 2013 2:17 a.m.

    Utah as an institute of higher ignorance low information population is immune to disasters, and the state laws and regulations for home safety is blatantly ignored as a cost prohibitive safety measure by politicians, developers, and home builders.

    Utah cities don't inspect homes for compliance to building material and construction codes. Over the years and during the building boom many builders violated safety codes and put many homes and citizens at risk in flaky construction.

    The results of this type of continued building construction, no home is safe or built to last more than 10 years, the longest first buyer occupation period. Homes in Utah are not structurally sound by any standards and the walls and ceilings, foundations will not sustain much of a shaking. So interior plans are not to put anything on walls or free standing narrow shelving. Concrete basement floors are free floating interior platforms that can move up/down with flooding or ground tremors.

    The long term citizens of Utah have never been in or experienced ground movements and earthquakes and its a hard concept to visualize and prepare for. The best earthquake preparation plan is an escape route from the building.