can prove to be very helpful in times of natural
disasters. If you follow these simple
suggestions, you will hopefully create a safe and
an effective sandbag:
- Always work with another
person. Working along is not only
dangerous, but it also means that you
have to do more work. Thus, when
working with another person, assign the
other person the job of shoveling the
sand to fill the bag with sand or the job
of holding the bag. If you work
this two people, also, when one gets
injured in any way, the other person can
help or ask for assistance.
Unlike this person, you should always
work with someone else.
- Fill the sandbags only about
25-50% full. Overfilling, or
filling above this level, will cause
difficulty when you are trying to tie the
sandbags. Also, if there is room in
the sandbags, then it will be easier to
pack the sandbags when you are putting
them in layers.
- Always fold the unfilled
part underneath the bag. This is
done to prevent water leakage.
Leakage of one bag can make the entire
- Place the first bag with the
flap pointed in the direction of water
flow. The next bag should be laid
by pushing the bags as together as you
can. It is very important that you
do not leave spaces between bags.
- Lay one row high before
starting a second layer.
- Stagger the second layer on
the first row. For visual aid in
this step, we have included this image
which demonstrates proper staggering.
Stack your sandbags so that
they do not leave any spaces between
- Limit placement to three
layers, unless a building is used as
backing or you have laid the sandbags in
a "pyramind" style, i.e. three
rows on the bottom, two rows on the next
level, one row wide on top, etcetera.
- How to protect sliding glass
door: lay a plastic sheet across the door
and the ground in fron of each, making
sure that edges of the sheet exten up the
wall of the house and well past the width
of the door. Pile sandbags on the
sheet by the bottom of the door.
Make sure that you extend them past the
width the door.
- Make sure that any
un-protected areas, such as door sills,
garage entries, etcetera, are
lined with sandbags. Stack them
directly against the house when possible.
you follow this tips, along with common sense,
sandbags might save some of your loved
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