Latch It Up, Latch It In, & Let Us Begin to Prepare for Earthquakes


A FEW THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW AROUND YOUR HOME 

First things first, “movie earthquakes” aren’t real ‘quakes. Let’s assess your risk level.

When we think about earthquakes, we often think about hyperbolic end-of-the-world worst case scenarios, like the earth’s crust suddenly opening up and swallowing cars, homes, and cities whole.

While large earthquakes are certainly a risk and a “big one” could be on its way, let’s take a moment to assess our actual risk level so we can prepare accordingly. According to the National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC), over 20,000 earthquakes happen every year, which translates into about 50 a day around the world. Around 10,000 of those happen in Southern California, most of which go unnoticed.

States that are most affected by earthquakes, in addition to California, are Alaska, Nevada, Hawaii, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Oregon. However, earthquakes do sometimes happen on the east coast, though rare, in places like Virginia and New York. They even occur in the south in Arkansas, for example, or in the midwest like Illinois. This is all to say that you’re not alone - we’re in this together.

Log into the harbor app and input your address to find out if your home is at risk and to then take more detailed steps to prevent home damage and personal injury.

Life happens. Earthquakes do happen - some big, and thankfully most of them small. As such, many injuries are preventable!

So if you haven’t yet, let’s begin preparation by doing a few things around your home to get it a wee bit safer in case things start shaking. The quickest and easiest thing you can do right now is to reduce your risk of injury caused by your stuff tipping over or your things falling off shelves.

Why? Well, this from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) sums it up quite nicely for us,

Most earthquake-related injuries result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects as a result of the ground shaking, or people trying to move more than a few feet during the shaking. Much of the damage in earthquakes is predictable and preventable.”

The reality is, whether the shaking is light or strong, it won’t be easy or safe to run to your loved ones to protect them - that adds even more risk! Your home will shake, and it’s best to DROP, COVER, & HOLD ON no matter what.

Things fall, and then things fall apart, which isn’t good for anyone. That’s why before the shaking starts, we can prevent as much injury as possible by securing everyday objects now around our house as much as possible.

Here’s what you can use to start getting your home earthquake-ready:


1. Cabinet Latches
What we want to avoid is your favorite dishes or cups turning into a kitchen floor of dangerous glass shards for you or for your children. While having a sturdy pair of shoes near your bed helps (if the earthquake happens at night), it’s best to avoid having to step on anything sharp in the first place. What happens in the cupboard stays in the cupboard!

BONUS: One fun fact about these latches is that they are only activated during earthquakes. In other words, you’re not going to be locked out of your cabinets every morning when trying to grab your coffee mug. They’ll just keep that favorite coffee mug safe when the shaking starts!

SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches
SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches
SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches
SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches

SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches

$24.95
The 1st AUTOMATIC Earthquake Cabinet Latches! These latches are designed to allow unhampered access to your cabinets and remain inactive until the movement of an earthquake triggers it to lock the cabinet doors automatically, instantaneously. Slamming the cabinet door of a well-secured cabinet will not activate the SeismoLatches, which allows normal daily use of cabinets. Each latch can withstand pressure up to 50 lbs. (approximately 50 china plates). Perfect for use in homes, offices, hospitals and labs.
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SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Peel-N-Stick Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches
SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Peel-N-Stick Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches
SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Peel-N-Stick Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches
SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Peel-N-Stick Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches

SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Peel-N-Stick Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches

$29.95

The 1st AUTOMATIC Earthquake Cabinet Latches! Now with PEEL-N-STICK application using our very high bond adhesive, you can install latches throughout your entire home, lab or office in minutes! Perfect for use in homes, offices, hospitals and labs. Available in two colors: white and brown. Also available in 4-packs and 10-packs

NEW: For cabinets with lip soffits. If your cabinet has a lip that is a minimum 3/4" wide, you can still use SeismoLatch Ultra. Simply use the adhesive to position the housing and the included set screws with the mounting holes on the housing piece. Use the template and the adhesive-held door catch.

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2. Cabinet and Refrigerator Fasteners

We’ve all got big refrigerators, clothing cabinets, storage cupboards, or giant book shelves. No one wants to feel or see these beasts falling on top of us or our family members in the middle of an earthquake rumble. To avoid that tumble, get some fasteners.

Let’s leave all leaning towers to Pisa. No leaning towers of books allowed!

BONUS: Since these fasteners attach to large furniture with adhesive, it opens the door to many different things you can secure. Your home is the limit! You might be surprised by how many large furniture items are in your home without friends like these to hold them tight.


Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener

Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener

$65.00

This tall storage cabinet earthquake fastener is perfect for the home as well as hospitals, labs and commercial environments. These fasteners attach to the top of the unit the straps are secured to wall studs with stainless steel brackets.

Includes:

  • Adhesive pads that won't damage furniture surfaces
  • 4x5” STP Fasteners (2)
  • 3M Adhesive Pads (2)
  • STP 18” Straps (2)
  • Stainless Steel “L” Brackets (2)
  • 4 Bolts, 8 Washers, 4 Nuts, 2 Wood Wall Screws, 2 Washers
  • Self Tapping Wall Screws (2)
  • Alcohol Wipe Pads (2)
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Safe-T-Proof Standard Refrigerator Earthquake Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Standard Refrigerator Earthquake Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Standard Refrigerator Earthquake Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Standard Refrigerator Earthquake Fastener

Safe-T-Proof Standard Refrigerator Earthquake Fastener

$65.00

This standard refrigerator earthquake fastener is perfect for the home as well as hospitals, labs and commercial environments. The fastener attaches to a standard sized refrigerator, freezer or combo unit with 3M very-high-bond adhesive pads and to the wall with our stainless steel "L" brackets.

Includes:

  • 4" x 5" SAFE-T-PROOF Fasteners (2)
  • 3M Adhesive Pads (2)
  • SAFE-T-PROOF 18" Straps (2)
  • SAFE-T-PROOF Stainless Steel "L" Brackets (2)
  • 4 Screws, 8 Washers, 4 Nuts, 2 Self-Tapping Wall Screws and Wood Wall Screws
  • Alcohol Wipe Pads (2)
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3. TV and Equipment Fasteners

TV should never become a weapon against you in an earthquake, and neither should your nearby sound system or speakers. It’s Netflix and Chill, not Netflix and Be Very Afraid of Your TV. Just in case an earthquake happens while you’re watching your favorite show - and of course to avoid anything shattering during or after - try using a smattering of these fasteners.

BONUS: Having your things very secure is great for the greater good, regardless of any earthquakes hitting your city, because many of us have children and pets running around having fun. That’s the way it should be, right!? The best way to keep it that way is to keep large objects perpetually still.


Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener

Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener

$28.99

Protect your loved ones with this Flat Screen TV / Monitor Anti-Tip Fastening System. This system is perfect for countertop LCD and plasma displays, as it prevents flat screen TVs and computer monitors from tipping over. The ultimate anti-tip support and protection from earthquakes, pet-quakes and kid-quakes. Available in black with 3M VHB adhesive pads for a secure bond.

Includes:

  • 2" x 3" SAFE-T-PROOF Fasteners (4)
  • 3M Adhesive Pads (4) 
  • SAFE-T-PROOF 24" Straps (2)
  • Alcohol Wipe Pads (4)
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Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System
Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System
Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System
Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System
Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System
Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System
Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System

Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System

$24.49

Safely secure tabletop equipment such as microwaves, small appliances, lab and hospital equipment with our Tabletop Equipment Fastener. Easy peel & stick installation that keeps equipment in place and allows for easy removal to service or clean.

Includes: 

  • 2" x 3" SAFE-T-PROOF Fasteners (4) 
  • 3M Adhesive Pads (4) 
  • SAFE-T-PROOF 8" Straps (2)
  • Alcohol Wipe Pads (4) 
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Now go on a Hazard Hunt!

In addition to the earthquake goodies mentioned above, it also helps to roam around your home with your family and do what we like to call a “Hazard Hunt” for objects and clutter that could easily topple over, shatter, or cause harm.

Maybe that picture frame above your bed isn’t such a good idea, or that giant vase on a wobbly table could be rethought. No matter what, make it fun. Use your imagination. Take small steps each day to better your home safety.

For more tips, tricks, product recommendations, digital document storage, comprehensive supplies checklists, and a personalized household safety plan, check out the harbor app.

no matter what, don’t worry, be ready.