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
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.