Thursday, June 25, 2015

Five Ways To Survive An Earthquake

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Recently, there has been an alarming rise in seismic activity in the Philippines. In the last month alone, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) recorded 305 earthquakes, in which two quakes were strong, six were mid-strong, and 441 quakes were weak.

The recent earthquake in Nepal, which killed more than 8,000 and injured more than 23,000 people alarmed not only Filipinos but also everyone else in the world.

Now the question is, “are we prepared for a strong earthquake?” Is the simple “drop, cover, and hold on” enough to keep us safe?

Here are some safety tips to follow before, during, and after an earthquake. 

Know What to Prepare 

Earthquakes are inevitable so you have to prepare yourself before it arrives. In emergency situations, such as earthquakes, you’ll likely need a first aid kit, flashlight, fire extinguisher, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries. Make sure you have all of these life-saving items. 

Stay Calm and Alert 

When inside your home, stay calm and make sure to stay away from the doors and windows. Crawl under the table or stand against a wall. When you’re out, stay away from buildings or from anything that may fall. If you’re in a car, don’t get off. Stay inside until the quake stops. When near the shore, drop, cover, and hold on until the quake stops.

However, if the shaking lasts for more than 20 seconds, get to a high ground.

Drop, Cover and Hold On 

During an earthquake, it’s important to drop, cover, and hold on, which increases your chance for survival. Simply drop onto your hands and knees; cover your neck and head; and hold on to your shelter until the quake stops. By doing this, you will be able to move if necessary to protect you from falling objects.

Things You Shouldn’t Do 

While knowing what you should you in an earthquake, it’s also important to know what to avoid. For one, you shouldn’t run outside or to other rooms while the ground is shaking. Do not move as much as possible. If you’re in a building, don’t use the elevator because it may get stuck. If you’re trapped in a room, don’t use candles, matches, or any flames.

Surviving the Aftershock 

Just because the shaking stops it doesn’t mean you’re already safe. Earthquakes have aftershocks. After an earthquake, check yourself and others for injuries. If there’s anyone injured, provide the person first aid.

Check gas, water, and electric lines for damages. Keep away from damaged buildings and neigborhoods.

Listen to news on the radio.

Lastly, don’t go near the beach because an aftershock could create a tsunami.

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How to Choose the Ideal LED TV for your Home

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Slim design. Low power consumption. Adjustable backlighting. These are the basic reasons why most of us replace our outdated conventional TV with a more state-of-art LED TV. Apparently, choosing the best LED TV is not an easy task. With the many features and attributes of LED TVs, there are also numerous things you have to consider when shopping for the perfect TV.

Size 

Before you buy an LED TV, the first thing you should consider is its size. When choosing the right size of an LED TV, it’s always important to take note of the size of the room in which the TV will be placed. You may also want to consider your budget because the larger the size of the TV the more expensive it will be.

Viewing Distance 

The ideal viewing distance has something to do with the size of your TV; the bigger the TV the longer the viewing distance should be. If you have a huge LED TV, you definitely won’t like sitting in the front. To get the ideal viewing distance in inches, divide the screen size by 0.84. For instance, if the TV’s screen size is 40 inches, the ideal viewing distance should be around four feet away from your couch or bed.

Screen Resolution 

Most people choose LED TVs because they want to see better images on screen. Thus, it’s important to check the screen resolution before you buy the TV. Essentially, the screen resolution determines how clear the images will appear on screen. When watching movies on Blu-ray or HD cable channels, higher screen resolution is required. But of course, the higher the screen resolution the more expensive it will be. If you have ample budget, opt for an LED TV with 1080p label; its pixels may be smaller, but it produces more defined images.

Refresh Rate 

The refresh rate, the number of times an image is flashed on the screen per second, is as important as the screen resolution. The refresh rate, whose standard rate is 60 times per second, is measured in Hz (Hertz). The higher the refresh rate the faster the images are redrawn, thus making the motion smoother. Hence, if you want to avoid blurry images on your screen, choose an LED TV with higher refresh rate such as 120 Hz or 240 Hz.

Sound 

Without quality sound, the quality of the images on screen will be nullified. When choosing an LED TV, make sure it has good sound quality so you won’t need to buy additional accessories such as headphones, large speakers, or a soundbar.

Ports 

Ports connect your gadgets such as laptops, cellphones, and tablets to the TV. If multimedia entertainment is your thing, make sure you have enough ports: one for the Blu-ray player; one for the game console; and the other for the soundbar. You can also sync your MP3s and digital photo files to the TV using these ports.

Smart TV 

Buying a Smart TV is a smart choice if you’re looking for a full multimedia entertainment package. SMART TVs offer many perks such as video streaming services Pandora, Netflix, and Hulu Plus. Make sure you choose a SMART TV that has Wi-Fi connection so you can easily upgrade the software.

Life Span

Lastly, consider the LED TV’s life span. The life span of any appliance or gadget will depend on your usage. Make sure not to overuse or misuse your LED TV.

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