Building Safety Tips Following Yesterday's Earthquake


August 24, 2011

In response to yesterday’s earthquake, Fairfax County recommends the following building safety tips:

  • If you smell gas, leave the building or area, and call your gas company and 9-1-1 immediately.

  • Commercial buildings:  If you have concerns regarding the safety of your building, please contact your building’s engineer, a structural engineer or licensed contractor.

  • Residential builldings:  please survey your home for new cracks in brick facades, foundation/basement wall and interior finishes around opening for windows and doors.  If you question your home’s structural stability, please contact a structural engineer or licensed contractor.

  • If the findings indicate an unsafe condition, please call the public safety non-emergency line at 703-631-2131, TTY 711.

  • Questions related to permitting of repairs should be directed to the Permit Application Center at 703-222-1082, TTY 711.

 

 


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