Don't sit on your VHS tapes too long! There’s nothing like watching old home movies of your children’s first steps, dance recitals and beach trips, but you may not be able to view them any longer because VHS videos are rapidly deteriorating. Most analog tapes have a shelf life of no more than 10 to 30 years, depending on how well they were stored. In time, a tape loses color, quality and crispness. Eventually, the tape can become brittle and break as it’s played. All those Christmases you recorded in the 1980s and 1990s may soon become unwatchable unless you do something now to preserve them.

Most tapes were recorded in the 1980s and '90s, when video cameras first became widely available to Americans. That means even the best-kept tapes will eventually be unwatchable. 

Go to to learn what you can do to preserve your home movies!