Emergencies can happen at any time in your home, but you can be prepared by following some basic tips. You will lessen the impact and prevent many issues by planning ahead of time to keep your family safe.
Prep Your House
Prepare yourself with some inexpensive equipment set up around your house and you can prevent many issues. Here are a few items that are worth spending your money on.
Keep one in the kitchen and one on any other level of your home. Most residential fires start in the kitchen, so having one handy can keep it from getting out of control. If you live in a two-story home or have a basement, put another extinguisher on that floor. Check it every year and replace as needed. Buy one that has all three ratings: A, B, and C. Ratings tell you what types of fires the extinguisher will put out, such as electrical, combustibles, and flammable liquids.
Keep one of these on each level of your home. Buy at least one battery-powered detector if you use hard-wired ones. If the electricity is off, you can still be alerted to a fire before it gets out of control.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
You can buy these in combination with smoke detectors, but most experts recommend buying a separate device. These also need to be placed on every level of the home, ideally near bedrooms, to wake up someone should it go off during the night.
Buy wireless water alarms that can be placed near water heaters and other places where water would pool if there is a leak. They will sound if there is any moisture present before there is severe water damage.
Create an Emergency Tool Kit
Keep certain items on hand that can help prevent an issue from becoming a bigger disaster. Create a tool kit that is kept in a handy, easy-to-remember location. Here are some items you should provide in the kit.
-Duct tape. This will stop water leaks temporarily, until you can get the water shut off and the leak repaired. There are many other uses for it, too.
-A multi-tool. Choose one that includes pliers.
-Lantern. Buy a battery-operated one rather than using candles. Do not keep the batteries inside the lantern, but have fresh ones in the kit.
-Fishing line. This will work when you need something thinner than rope.
-Baby wipes. These will clean your hands or other work surfaces.
-Vinyl tablecloth. When you need a clean work area, this is the ideal solution.
You cannot predict emergencies that can happen in your home, but you can be prepared by keeping a few gadgets on hand and assembling an emergency tool kit. Take the time to protect your home from disasters with these suggestions, and let everyone in your home know about them and when and how to use them. What other tips or suggestions do you have to protect your home? Let us know in the comments.