Secure Your Bookcase For An Earthquake

BOOKCASE
VALUE $150
CONSEQUENCES BROKEN FURNITURE, INJURY, DEATH
FIX NEEDED SHAKE STRAP
COST TO FIX $13.00 (Buy)

 

Securing bookshelves in your home is cheap and easy. Doing so will keep your head from getting crushed by your stuff!

Even if all your books are on a Kindle, you probably have bookcases. Whenever we say bookcases, we also mean grandfather clock, china cabinet, DVD stand, bunk bed, toy cabinet, or tall dresser. They can all fall down but you can secure them easily with four household tools and two straps.

 

TOOLS:

  • stud-finder
  • pencil
  • drill or screw driver
  • 2 nylon earthquake furniture straps
  • a footstool

Christchurch Earthquake - University
Don't let your bookcase fall on your head in the next earthquake.  Attach it to the wall.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SECURING A BOOKCASE:

  1. Locate wall studs behind bookcase using stud finder and mark with a pencil.
  2. Attach furniture straps to marked wall studs using drill or screw-driver.
  3. Clean the surface of the bookcase where you plan to affix the Velcro with an alcohol wipe. Allow surface to dry completely.
  4. Attach furniture straps to bookshelf with at least an inch and a half of give to allow for shaking.
  5. Attach a second strap for even weight distribution.
  6. Move heaviest items on bookshelf to bottom shelves so they do not fall on your head.

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