You do not know when a disaster or an emergency will strike. They key is to be prepared at all times. Read on and learn the ten items to help keep your home prepared for emergencies.
Despite your best efforts to prevent an emergency or disaster, they could still strike; that is why, you should always be prepared for the unexpected. There are different disasters that could occur in your place – fire, tornadoes, storm, flooding, severe winter weather, earthquake, outbreaks, terrorism, and many more.
In times of disasters, whether it is natural or man-made, having the right emergency gear will help ensure the safety of your home and family. Here are ten critical products and tools that can help you cope, and even prevent, unwanted disasters.
1. Water Alarm
Water leaks can be dangerous especially if they come in contact with electrical fittings. Invest in wireless water alarms in areas where water would pool such as under sinks and behind the fridge. They’ll send an alarm at the slightest hint of moisture.
2. Fire extinguisher
House fires are some of the most common causes of fatal home emergencies. Be sure to have a fire extinguisher on every floor of your house. Also, an extra one in the kitchen is recommended as fire most commonly starts in this part of the house. Check the fire extinguishers regularly for possible pressure drops.
3. Smoke detectors (battery-powered)
Houses that are compliant with local fire safety regulations are expected to have hard-wired smoke detectors. But apart from these smoke detectors, it is recommended to have supplemental battery-powered smoke detectors for every level of the room.
4. Carbon monoxide alarm
Fire safety experts recommend opting for separate carbon monoxide alarms instead of double-function CO/smoke detectors. Alarms should be placed on every level of the house and outside each room so that occupants can be warned in case it senses CO at night. CO alarm models with battery backups are suggested.
5. Automatic water shut-off valve
Leaking water heaters pose real threat especially if water pools near electrical fittings. By installing automatic water shut-off valve, water supply for your heater is cut off automatically as soon as it senses water leaks.
6. Fire escape ladder
Every room should have at least two designated exit in case of fire emergencies. A fire escape ladder installed near a window of each bedroom provides an alternative exit route.
7. Emergency survival blanket
In case of disasters, such as during winter, you have to keep yourself warm. An emergency survival blanket can help ensure proper body temperature.
A tool with can opener and pliers should be handy in case of disasters. They come useful in completing different survival tasks.
9. Radio/phone charger
When disaster strikes, you have to stay informed with the latest advisories from your local authority. Be sure to charge your radio and phone well ahead, just in case electricity cuts off. Also have standby battery ready.
10. First aid kits
Place your first aid kit in an accessible location so that you can immediately get it in case of emergency. It should contain basic supplies such as bandage, dressings, antibacterial solution, and OTC medications.