Secure Your Refrigerator

Refrigerators can injure you by moving or tipping over, and can spill their contents.

  • Purchase flexible earthquake appliance straps at hardware stores or online, and follow the included instructions.
  • Choose if you will attach the straps at the top or on the sides (at about 2/3 the height) of the refrigerator.
  • Use a stud finder to locate the studs within the wall behind the refrigerator, near where you will place the straps. The wall attachment locations can be concealed behind the refrigerator.
  • Use included screws to secure each strap to the wall.
  • Clean the surface where the adhesive of the fastener (bracket or Velcro) will be placed using the included alcohol pad.
  • Remove plastic from the adhesive pad and place the pad in position. Press down hard for thirty seconds. Leave undisturbed for 72 hours in order for the adhesive to form a secure bond.
  • Connect the free end of the strap to the fastener base.

NOTE: If your refrigerator is within a cabinet and you cannot connect straps to walls, most likely it will not tip over.

Click here to download a printable version of these instructions.

Alternative strap placement