to Secure Your Furniture
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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 possessions.
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.
and pottery objects can be secured with nondrying putty
or microcrystalline wax.
Items in Your Kitchen
child-proof latches, hook and eye latches or positive catch
latches, designed for boats, to secure your cabinet doors.
sure your gas appliances have flexible connectors to reduce
the risk of fire.
your refrigerator to prevent movement.
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.
Yourself from Broken Glass
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.
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.
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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