Do not stand in a doorway: An enduring earthquake image of California is a collapsed adobe home with the door frame as the only standing part. From this came our belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. In modern houses, doorways are no stronger than any other part of the house, and the doorway does not protect you from falling or flying objects.
Do not get in the “triangle of life”: In recent years, an email has been circulating which describes an alternative to the long-established “drop, cover and hold on” advice. The so-called “triangle of life” and some of the other actions recommended in the email are potentially life threatening, and the credibility of the source of these recommendations has been broadly questioned.