TVs, Computers, and Electronics

Televisions, stereos, computers and microwaves and other electronics are heavy and costly to replace.

The ground swells and rolls of an earthquake can cause anything resting on shelf or counter tops to fall – TVs, stereos, computers, microwaves, lamps, etc.

TV straps as demonstrated in FLASH "Secure Your Space" video

Source: SPAN Disaster Services, Inc.


#1 - They can be secured with flexible nylon straps and buckles for easy removal and relocation. Commercial packages are available at hardware stores.

#2 - Another easy way to protect against these types of losses is to use Velcro™ or other similar products. Follow the "how-to" directions below:

  • Choose a Velcro™-type product that has adhesive on the back.
  • Cut the Velcro™ into large squares. You will need four squares to secure most items, one for each leg or corner of the item.
  • Press the two sides of the Velcro™ together.
  • Remove the paper from the backs of the Velcro™ to expose the adhesive.
  • With the Velcro™ still pressed together, stick it on the legs or corners of the item, and then place the item on the shelf or counter top where you want it located.

Larger imageDesktop/Countertop Equipment

Source: Governor's Office of Emergency Services



Larger imageSecuring Computer - Grip Fasteners

Source: Noson, Perbix, SSD

Install one of the following:

  • Bungee cord
  • Strap/lock fasteners
  • Leash locks
  • Earthquake pads

Larger imageLeash locks

Source: Noson, Perbix, SSD


  • Use leash locks for equipment that may be moved (for example, telephones, keyboards, laptops.)
  • Fasten near the top and near the bottom if equipment is more than two times as tall as it is wide.

Supplies Required

  • Bungee cord
  • Eye-bolts—3/16" diameter
  • Versa Grip fasteners
  • Lease locks
  • Rubber doorknob bumpers
  • Threaded or glued mounting

Larger imageBungee Cord

Source: Noson, Perbix, SSD

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