A Guest Post:
Always be Prepared
It is impossible to foresee disasters or small mishaps that can happen around the home. When you prepare for what you can, however, you will feel less stress and panic. Things do break down sometimes and accidents can happen. Think ahead and prevent situations where you are caught without the proper supplies. Here are ideas to help you.
Prepare for Fire
Prepare a fire escape plan. If your house is more than one story, consider investing in emergency fire ladders and keep one in each upper level room. Everyone should learn how to evacuate the home in case of fire and where to meet outside so that they can be accounted for. Keep at least one fire extinguisher in the home for small fires, such as fires on the stove. Home improvement stores and some hardware stores carry small fire extinguishers for sale.
Prepare for a Tornado
If you live in an area where tornadoes can occur, designate an area for all to go to when there is a tornado warning. This area should be in the lowest level of the house, away from windows and doors, and beneath a staircase or some other architecturally strong area. Keep a tornado kit in the area. Tornado kits should have, at minimum, flashlights, batteries, and a battery powered or hand-crank radio.
Create a Natural Disaster Emergency Kit
A general natural disaster kit should contain spare batteries, flashlights, bottled water, emergency survival blankets, high calorie food bars and a first aid kit.
In this first aid kit, you should have antiseptic wipes, rubber or vinyl cloves, tweezers, pain medicine, adhesive bandages, a roll of sterile gauze, medical tape, wound cleanser, elastic bandages, medical shears, antihistamine tablets and cream, and cotton swabs. Keep your natural disaster kit in an area of your home that is easy to access and remember, such as a hall closet on the main floor.
Allot a Shelf or Drawer for Repair Kits
Every home should have a tool kit containing tools to make minor repairs around the house. Designate one area for this kit and let everyone in the home know where it is.
One kit should contain, at minimum, a hammer, nails, flat-head screwdrivers, Phillips style head screwdrivers, screws of all sizes, duct tape, an adjustable wrench, a pipe wrench and a sink auger.
Another kit should contain important items such as watch repair kits and tools, eyeglass repair tools, and a small emergency sewing kit.