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Safety Essentials for Every Home

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Safety Essentials for Every Home

You never know when bad weather is going to strike, potentially leaving you without power or forcing you to leave your home to seek shelter elsewhere. Don’t leave your home and family vulnerable during these dangerous times; keep these safety essentials on hand in your home.

 

List of emergency numbers

 

Think of all the numbers that you might need to call during an emergency situation. Family members, the local hospital, and the service number for your utilities are all good to have, as well as any local fire or police departments. Keep a copy of the list in your cell phone as well as printed out, and place it in a prominent place for easy access.

 

First aid kit

 

At a minimum, a good first aid kit should have bandages and disinfectant. Keep one in your home and one in the car. You can buy one, or make one using a small box such as a tool box.

 

Battery powered radio

 

A battery powered radio will let you keep up with news alerts and weather forecasts, even if there is no electricity. Some can be hand-cranked for power after the batteries run down, and they can even be used to charge a cell phone for emergency calls.

 

Flashlights and batteries

 

Keep a flashlight in each room of your home in case of a power outage. Make sure they are easy to get to and that you can find them in the dark, if necessary. Be sure to keep spare batteries on hand as well, since you may have to use them for quite some time.

 

Carbon monoxide detectors

 

Like smoke detectors, these should be used on every floor in your home, and placed near bedrooms. They detect unsafe levels of carbon monoxide gas, an odorless, tasteless gas that can be lethal in large quantities.

 

Timers for lights

 

If you have to evacuate your home, placing a few lights on timers could give the illusion that there is still someone inside the house. The timers can be set to turn lights on and off at pre-set times, making looters think twice before trying to burglarize your home.

 

You may have additional emergency items to add to this list, but this is a good place to start if you want to keep your home and family safe during an emergency situation.