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EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS in NORTHRIDGE - SECURING TVs Continuing our ongoing series of articles on earthquake preparedness in Northridge and safety in the home, we take a look at Flat Screen Safety Straps - the leading fasteners on the market for securing LED, LCD and Plasma televisions. Most of us have either changed out our old TVs for new flat screens, or we’re in the process of doing so and as you’ll know if you’ve already made the switch, flat screen TVs are fairly unstable when set on a TV stand or sitting in an entertainment center. Due to the way they’re designed, most flat screen TVs have a high center of gravity and can easily tip over so they need to be secured at the back to stop them from falling forward on to the floor. In an earthquake they’ll be one of the first things to topple over if they’re not secured and that’s where Flat Screen Safety Straps come into their own. Most people don’t think about these things until after the fact, but flat screen TVs can cause serious injuries if they fall on top of people, particularly small children who have a tendency to sit on the floor in front of them to watch their favorite shows. The good news is that earthquake preparedness in Northridge for a major earthquake is easy and affordable by using products like Flat Screen Safety Straps. Flat Screen Safety Straps These fasteners have evolved in the last few years to meet growing consumer demand due to the changing designs of modern electronics. Flat Screen Safety Straps are made from woven nylon to make them flexible so that they stop TVs from toppling over in an earthquake. They are essential for earthquake preparedness in Northridge. There are different kinds of Flat Screen Safety Straps to suit the various models of TVs out there. The Universal Flat Screen Strap (pictured) features a ‘contour grip’ mount design with quickdisconnect buckles for moving and cleaning. Its superior strength, adjustable nylon straps mean no holes have to be drilled and there’s no damage to furniture or equipment. It secures large flat screen TVs up to 60” and 100 lbs. Its state-of-the-art design fits all makes and models and the easy peel and press application makes installation a breeze. The 40” Flat Screen Strap is for use on TVs that come with existing rear bolt holes.

It features two strong, coated nylon straps with locking buckles. Each strap must be screwed into the mounting plate on the back of the TV. The straps lock into buckles that you press on to the tabletop. The straps are hidden from view, no holes have to be drilled and there’s no damage to furniture or equipment. It secures large flat screen TVs up to 40” and 100 lbs. Then there’s the 70” Flat Screen Strap that’s also used with a TV’s existing rear bolt holes. It’s applied just as the 40” strap is and secures large flat screen TVs up to 70” and 150 lbs.

The cool thing about any of these fasteners is that once you’ve attached them, you’ll have peace of mind because you’ll know that your TV is secured and won’t teeter and fall off the stand or out of the entertainment center. Because earthquakes can strike anywhere at any time, earthquake preparedness in Northridge is your best defense. A golden rule of thumb is if it's heavy enough to hurt you if it falls on you, it should be secured in place. There are seven steps to earthquake preparedness in Northridge and the first one is to identify potential hazards around the home and fix them; fixing means seismically bracing things to the wall, desktop or shelf to ensure that they won’t topple over and smash. Do it today before it’s too late.