No one knows when a home emergency will happen, but it’s always best to prepare. Preparedness saves the situation and, often, lives. You’ll also avoid costly repairs, replacements, and medical bills. Here are ten home emergencies to always prepare for:
A power outage can last a few hours or even days. It depends on the cause. To avoid stressful situations, have flashlights and candles at hand and a generator. Generac generators are ideal choices as they start automatically when the power goes out. Have it serviced regularly to keep it in good working condition.
Leaking water can cause extensive damage to your home if not fixed immediately. Always know where your main water shut-off valve is to turn it off in case of a leak. Inspect pipes regularly for any signs of leaks and have them fixed as soon as possible. Also, replace old and worn-out pipes, don’t ignore dripping faucets but have them replaced as quickly as possible.
Fires can happen anytime, anywhere in the home. Have a fire extinguisher in an easily accessible location. Also, create a fire escape plan and practice it with your family. It also helps to have smoke detectors and test them regularly.
Floods can occur due to heavy rains or a broken pipe. Know how to turn off the water supply to your home when pipes burst. Also, have sandbags ready to block water from entering your home. Move essential belongings to a higher level in case water enters your home. If your area is prone to flooding, invest in a sump pump.
Accidents happen, no matter how careful you are. Have first-aid supplies at hand and know how to use them. Also, know the emergency numbers in your area to quickly call for help. Reduce the chances of accidents occurring in your home by understanding the hazards and taking precautions.
Consider each family members’ safety when carrying out activities at home. For instance, keep the floors dry if you have toddlers or the elderly.
Electricity is essential in homes, but it can also be dangerous. Know how to use and handle electrical appliances and cords safely. Also, know what to do in case of an electrical shock. Keep your home’s electrical system in good condition by scheduling regular professional inspections. Call an expert immediately when you detect any electrical issues, such as flickering lights or sparks.
Prepare for natural disasters such as storms, hurricanes, and earthquakes by having an emergency kit. The kit should include food, water, medications, and other essential supplies. Also, know the evacuation routes in your area to leave the house when necessary. Stay informed about the latest weather conditions and updates to plan the cause of action if a natural disaster strikes.
Gas leaks are hazardous as they can cause fires and explosions. Know how to shut off the gas supply to your home. Also, have a fire extinguisher at hand in case of a fire. If you smell gas, open all the doors and windows to ventilate the area, and don’t turn on any lights or appliances. Leave the house immediately and call the gas company.
Burglaries can happen anytime, even during the day. Have a security system installed in your home that alerts the police in case of a break-in. Also, keep your valuables in a safe place. Lock all doors and windows before leaving the house and at night. If you’re going on vacation, have someone watch your home in your absence. Monitoring your home’s activities through a security camera can also help deter burglars.
Appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners can break down unexpectedly. Know how to troubleshoot common problems.
Understand how the devices work to detect and resolve issues before total shut down. You’ll save money, time, frustrations and keep your home running smoothly.
Always Know Who to Contact
These are some of the home emergencies you should always prepare for. Have contact details of emergency services saved on your phone, and make sure everyone in the family knows where you keep the emergency kit. It’s also a good idea to have a regular safety check of your home to ensure that everything is in working order. Stay safe.