Home safety emergency preparedness means being ready if a disaster should hit (even when that disaster is a surprise visit from the in-laws), and you want to be ready for anything. Here is our list of the top ten items that will prepare your home for anything.
Radon and other possible gas leaks can cause neurological damage, lung cancer, and even death. Make sure you home’s air quality is safe by installing radon and carbon monoxide detectors around the house. The Safety Siren Pro 3 Electronic Radon Gas Detector is not a single-use remedy, but is capable of both short-term radon levels and long-term level averages. If you notice a strange smell coming from a specific spot, try the Hand-Held Portable Gas Leak Detector. It can be directed at the spot in question for quick detection. It’s an affordable way to ease your mind when you wonder whether or not to call the gas company.
Always have a well-stocked first aid kit available to grab at a moment’s notice. This is the easiest, cheapest, and best way to be prepared in the case of a medical emergency. When it is in kit form, it can be easily transported on picnics and during travel. An example of a well-stocked kit is the 25-person First Aid Kit, and there are larger kits for greater needs. You never know when you, or a houseguest, could end up with minor scrapes or bumps.
If all of this seems a bit overwhelming, a great place to start is by purchasing an emergency survival kit, such as this one by Survivor Industries. It has everything you need to survive until rescue comes, including a survival guide full of information on how to get through any emergency situation. Plus, it comes in one easy carrying case for simple storage.
Fires are the most common home disaster. If you have a multi-story home or live in an apartment or condo, it is a good idea to purchase fire ladders for upstairs sections of the home. The folks at ResQ Ladder have a complete line of products that will get you out the window and safely to the ground from any second- to sixth-story window. Plus, they come with their own case to make for easy storage.
Most house fire related deaths are due to smoke inhalation. Give yourself some breathing room to get out by placing smoke hoods under everyone’s beds. Safe Escape Fire and Smoke Hood makes some highly effective, easily storable hoods. Clear heads must prevail in a fire emergency, and these hoods provide 60 minutes of clean air to breathe. The advantages of having them available are priceless, and can be bought one-at-a-time, or in a case of two or six hoods. You should have enough for your family, plus some extra for houseguests.
In the event of a natural disaster or power outage, you may lose power but still need weather updates. Keep a weather radio on hand, such as the Oregon Scientific WR602 Emergency Alert Radio. It will keep you aware of emergency weather and evacuations in your area. Plus, it’s portable, so you can take it with you when you’re hiking, camping, or canoeing.
During stormy times, power outages can be a real hindrance, especially at night. You should have an array of flashlights and extra batteries on hand. Even better than the regular halogen flashlights are lamps with an LED light, such as the Viatek Dynamo Hybrid Mini-Lanterns. The batteries last longer than on halogen bulbs, and it comes with a hand crank to charge the internal battery.
Safe water in an emergency can be a literal life saver. The recent national disasters have made us all a little more aware of the need for water. You can always keep pure water packets or handheld filter pumps on hand. Another great option is the AquaPod Kit Emergency Water Storage. Holding 65 gallons when completely full, the AquaPod allows you store enough clean water for the whole family while you wait for rescue.
In emergencies such as natural disasters, you never know how long you will be in one place until rescue. Therefore, it is always good to have a ration of nonperishable food items that are canned or freeze dried. They will keep longer and provide the proper nutrients while you’re stranded. You can also purchase food rations made just for emergencies, such as these by Mainstay. They are energy bars packed with the nutrients necessary to get through the day.
You never know who is going to come visit, so you should be prepared for any houseguest. It’s a good idea to place grab bars in at least one bathroom in your home, especially the one used most by guests. Whether you host elderly parents or grandparents or even someone with a broken leg, your bathroom is accessible for all of your guests.