Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Triangle of life - fact or fiction

Interesting when you get two conflicting pieces of information in the same day. I was reading my email in the morning and it talked about the Triangle of life from rescue expert Doug Copps. The idea is that you have a better chance of survival by "simply rolling off a bed onto the floor if you are in bed or taking refuge next to a large sofa or chair when the earth starts moving."

Later, I was standing in the Sumner WA Parks and Rec center and I saw this poster.

Big difference. The poster advocates UNDER instead of BESIDE and is the Red Cross take on the subject. This has come up with Truth or Fiction. And keep in mind this really matters, we are talking about staying alive.

Ducking next to a refrigerator seems like a bad idea, most of them are not attached to the wall and it would really hurt if it fell on you.

I am leaning towards snopes summary: "We'd recommend sticking with safety information prepared by established earthquake safety experts, such as the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Earthquake Country Alliance."

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