Secure Your Refrigerator for an Earthquake

REFRIGERATOR
VALUE $2,000
CONSEQUENCES INJURY, DEATH, GETTING HIT BY LEFTOVERS
FIX NEEDED SHAKE STRAP
COST TO FIX $15.00 (Buy)

A refrigerator is a mighty heavy thing to have flying around your kitchen. Why not take a few minutes to secure your fridge to wall studs? Your fondest memory of the next earthquake could be the time you did not get flattened by a flying refrigerator. You can protect yourself from flying leftovers by using inexpensive kid refrigerator locks too.

TOOLS:

  • stud-finder
  • pencil
  • drill or screw driver
  • nylon earthquake refrigerator or heavy filing cabinet straps
  • rubbing alcohol or alcohol wipes
  • a footstool

Secure your refrigerator or wear your leftovers in the next earthquake

Watch a Refrigerator Not Secured for An Earthquake Destroy a Kitchen
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SECURING YOUR REFRIGERATOR:

  1. Locate wall studs behind fridge using stud finder and mark with a pencil.
  2. Attach fridge straps to marked wall studs using drill or screw-driver.
  3. Clean the surface of the fridge where you plan to affix the Velcro.
  4. Attach straps to fridge with at least an inch and a half of give to allow for shaking.
  5. Use two straps at either edge for even weight distribution.

 
To secure your refrigerator contents, use inexpensive kid-safe locks on the side of each door.

  1. Open the package of kid-safe fridge locks.
  2. Follow the instructions enclosed for attaching them to your fridge.
  3. You are done! Try playing with the new latches to see how they work.

Host a post-earthquake bbq with you neighbors using all the food you saved by securing your refrigerator!

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