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Home Hazard Hunt
Use our Home Hazard Hunt to walk through common areas in a home and identify potential hazards in an earthquake. Roll the mouse over different areas of the house to learn about the risks, and how to make these areas more secure.
Click on each hazard to be taken to products that can secure them.
Hazard Hunt
Appliances
Small appliances like espresso makers and microwaves can fly off counter-tops during shaking, breaking the appliance and putting people nearby at risk of injury. Use straps to attach appliances to walls and and keep them in place. See Small Appliances in the Product Navigator.
Oven
Your oven can jar out of place and sustain damage during shaking. Gas ovens can become disconnected from gas lines, creating flammable leaks. Use heat-resistant Unibrackets to keep your oven safely in place. See Large Appliances in the Product Navigator.
Refrigerator
If your refrigerator is free-standing, it can move or topple during shaking, endangering anyone in the area. Use straps to keep the fridge upright and in place. Fridges that are wedged between a wall and counter usually don't need to be secured. See Large Appliances in the Product Navigator.
Water Cooler
Water coolers can topple during shaking, presenting a risk of injury. Spilled coolers also mean that you'll have one less source of drinkable water after the quake, and the water can damage surrounding carpets and furniture. Water cooler straps keep both bottle and dispenser in place. See Miscellaneous: Other Items in the Product Navigator.
Cabinets
Stored items can come crashing out of cabinets during an earthquake, filling the area with broken glass and making a mess that can cause lasting damage to floors. Use latches to keep cabinet doors shut during a quake and items securely inside. See Shelf & Cabinet Contents in the Product Navigator.
Cabinets
Stored items can come crashing out of cabinets during an earthquake, filling the area with broken glass and making a mess that can cause lasting damage to floors. Use latches to keep cabinet doors shut during a quake and items securely inside. See Shelf & Cabinet Contents in the Product Navigator.
Television
A television can be extremely dangerous in an earthquake if it hasn't been properly secured. Heavy TV's can become dangerous projectiles, and glass screens can shatter during shaking or on collision. Use straps to secure the TV to wall and stand. See Electronics: TV Monitors in the Product Navigator.
Picture
Pictures will likely fall off standard wall hooks in a quake, endangering both the print and the picture frame. Use special hangers to be sure that pictures stay on the wall. Art positioned over your bed is especially hazardous; make sure that it has been secured. See Miscellaneous: Art & Decorations in the Product Navigator.
Picture
Pictures will likely fall off standard wall hooks in a quake, endangering both the print and the picture frame. Use special hangers to be sure that pictures stay on the wall. See Miscellaneous: Art & Decorations in the Product Navigator.
Tall Furniture
Top-heavy tall furniture is especially liable to fall when shaken, making it a serious hazard during an earthquake. Secure tall items using furniture straps or brackets. See Standard Furniture in the Product Navigator.
Dresser
Dressers' contents can come spilling out during an earthquake, making a mess and putting stored items at risk of damage. Shaking may also damage the dresser itself. Use straps to keep your dresser in place and reduce the likelihood of drawers and contents being disturbed. See Standard Furniture in the Product Navigator.
Hanging Lights
Be aware of where hanging lights are positioned, and make sure they are as securely attached to the ceiling as possible. They could fall in a quake.
Tall Cabinet
Top-heavy tall furniture is especially liable to fall when shaken, making it a serious hazard during an earthquake. Secure tall items using furniture straps or brackets. See Standard Furniture in the Product Navigator.
Books
Shaking can easily jar contents out of shelves, damaging items and making a royal mess. Grip strips slow or prevent books and other items from falling. See Shelf & Cabinet Contents in the Product Navigator.
Computers & Electronics
Valuable electronic equipment can easily be destroyed in an earthquake if it rattles off of tables or desks. Damaged electronics can also spark dangerously. Secure computers, printers, scanners, etc. using high-friction mats or straps. See Electronics in the Product Navigator.
Bedroom Area
Be sure that beds and cribs are placed away from glass windows, which might break, and tall furnishings or heavy pictures, which could fall.
Fire Extinguisher
Your fire extinguisher can fall and sustain damage during a quake, meaning that it might not function when you need it most. Strap the extinguisher to the wall to prevent it from rattling off its mounting bracket. See Miscellaneous: Other Items in the Product Navigator.
Washer & Dryer
Your washer and dryer can sustain damage in an earthquake. More important, they can be torn from water and gas mains, causing dangerous or damaging leaks. Use studs and straps to keep heavy appliances in place. See Large Appliances in the Product Navigator.
Storage Racks
Storage racks and contents can fall during an earthquake, causing damage and a mess. Use straps or brackets to secure racks, and mats and strap restraints to secure contents. See Shelves & Cabinets in the Product Navigator.
Shelf Contents
Shaking can easily jar contents out of shelves, damaging items and making a mess. Grip strips slow or prevent books and other items from falling. See Shelf & Cabinet Contents in the Product Navigator.
Windows
Horizontal shaking puts glass under pressure, and windows can literally explode during an earthquake. Use windowfilm to keep glass in place, and always keep away from windows during a quake.
Water Heater
Your water heater can jar out of its restraints during an earthquake, making it a serious hazard. A broken water heater will be difficult to repair in the aftermath of a quake, and drinkable water that leaks out could be crucial after a quake. Look for a water heater securing kit at your local hardware store or contact a contractor to secure the heater for you.
Child's Bed
Be sure that beds and cribs are placed away from glass windows, which might break, and tall furnishings or heavy pictures, which could fall.
Tall Furniture
Top-heavy tall furniture is especially liable to fall when shaken, making it a serious hazard during an earthquake. Secure tall items using furniture straps or brackets. See Standard Furniture in the Product Navigator.
Figurines
Figurines and delicate heirlooms are likely to fall and break in an earthquake. Use non-stick adhesive putty to keep valuables in place. See Miscellaneous: Arts & Decorations in the Product Navigator.