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8 things you should do during an earthquake according to Indian Meteorological Department

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Despite galloping scientific achievements that the mankind has witnessed, we have never been able to question the invincibility of Nature. While the textbooks are filled with lessons on kinds of earthquake, there is still no breakthrough on any earthquake prediction mechanism. In such a scenario, the best bet for any country, to deal with such a horrendous event is to be prepared for the worst, while hoping for the best.

Here are a few things that you should do during a quake according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) :

During an earthquake: 

  1. Keep calm and reassure others.

  2. During the event, the safest place is an open space, away from the buildings.

  3. If you are indoors, take cover under a desk, table, bed or doorways and against inside wall.

  4. Stay away from glass doors, glass panes, window or outside doors.

  5. Do not rush to go out of the building, where there are large number of people to avoid stampede.

  6. If you are outside, move away from building and utility wires.

  7. Once in the open, stay there till the vibrations stops.

  8. Don not use candles, matches or open flames.

Image: Sagar Ghimre
Image: Sagar Ghimre

 After an earthquake: 

  • Do not spread and do not believe rumors.
  • Keep stock of drinking water, foodstuff and first-aid equipment in accessible place.
  • Turn on your transistor or television to get the latest information/bulletins and aftershock warnings.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks as these may strike.
  • Close the valve of kitchen gas stove, if it is on. If it is closed, do not open. Do not use open flames.
  • Do not operate electric switches or appliances, if gas leaks are suspected.
  • Check water pipes, electric lines and fittings. If damaged, shut off the main valves. Do not touch live wires of electricity.

 

 

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Choosing the Right Window for Your Home

Top tips for smart window designs

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Manish Bansal, Director and CEO of Window Magic, tell you what to keep in mind while choosing the window for your home. Pixabay

Windows are an integral part of the home. Attached to your walls, they not just beautify your abode, but open the view to the outside world and secure your house.

Manish Bansal, Director and CEO of Window Magic, tell you what to keep in mind while choosing the windows for your home.

In a home, the windows are pathway into its soul. They have the ability to brighten up any room and act as beautiful decor. Windows come in varied sizes and shapes and each has the boldness of giving character to a construction, he says.

Window’s quality

While choosing windows, do not forget to consider the quality of the windows. Prefer going to a window manufacturing company as they tend to come with much experience in window making. While looking at quality, besides the price factor; the buyer should also look for the windows’ maintenance and ease of use. Minimum expected qualities from a good window is that the windows should be termite proof, water proof, weather proof, energy efficient, and sound proof.

Acoustic

If you live in a busy area, opting for windows having noise resisting quality is a must. Selecting windows specifically designed for acoustic performance can reduce external noises from entering the home. Windows like casement, fixed, top hung have such qualities.

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While looking at quality, besides the price factor; the buyer should also look for the window maintenance and ease of use. Pixabay

Energy Efficient

India has a tropical climate and a vast majority of any home’s temperature fluctuations come from the windows, so always try to choose energy efficient windows that can have a real effect on the power bills. The design, glass type, glazing and seals determine how energy efficient the window is.

Security

Good windows must incorporate quality hardware along with a concealed locking system. Install a single point lock or a multi-point lock in the windows as per the security requirements of the home. Consider a double glazed laminated glass window for good security of the home.

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The right style

Choose styles which can boost both the value and the look of the house. Consider the colour, proportion, glass and configuration of opening light if any. (IANS)