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How to Secure Furniture

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How To
Secure Your

You must secure the contents of your
home or office to reduce hazards. You
should secure anything heavy enough
to hurt you if it falls on you. Here are
steps you should take to secure your

Secure Tabletop Objects
TVs, stereos, computers, lamps and
chinaware can be secured with buckles and
safety straps attached to the tabletop (which
allows for easy movement of the units when
needed) or with hook and loop fasteners
glued to both the table and the unit.

Glass and pottery objects can be secured with
nondrying putty or microcrystalline wax.

Secure Items in Your Kitchen
Use child-proof latches, hook and eye latches
or positive catch latches, designed for boats,
to secure your cabinet doors.

Make sure your gas appliances have flexible
connectors to reduce the risk of fire.

Secure your refrigerator to prevent movement.

Anchor Your Furniture
Secure the tops of all top-heavy furniture such
as bookcases and file cabinets to the wall. Be
sure to anchor to the stud, not just to the
plasterboard. Flexible fasteners such as nylon
straps allow tall objects to sway without falling
over, reducing the strain on the studs.

Protect Yourself from Broken Glass
Replace your windows with ones made from safety glass or cover them with a strong
shatter-resistant film. Be sure you use safety
film and not just a solar filter.

Secure Overhead Objects
Ceiling lights and fans should be additionally supported with a cable bolted to the ceiling joist. The cable should have enough slack to allow it to sway.

Framed pictures, especially glass-covered, should be hung from closed hooks so that they can’t bounce off. Only soft art such as tapestries should be placed over beds and sofas.


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