You never know when disaster is going to occur, especially with the extreme weather, geological activities, and world events. Being prepared mentally and physically is the key to keeping yourself and your family safe through the event of an emergency, but it is necessary that you take some time to ensure you remain protected and ready. Here are some tips to keep your home and family protected from and prepared against emergencies and harm.
Manage Your Fire Extinguisher
The threat of a fire to your home is one in which you should never put down your guard. From improper electrical wiring to a grease fire in the kitchen, damage to your home from a fire can start in various ways.
Keep a fire extinguisher in several areas of your home to protect your from this danger. Be sure you have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, on each floor of your home, and near exits, if possible. The fire extinguisher you place in your kitchen should be equipped to extinguish a grease fire along with other types of fires. Check your fire extinguishers regularly as the manufacturer recommends, and have them recharged or replace them as needed. A fire extinguisher that is expired and no longer works properly will do you no good if a fire erupts in your home.
Also educate all of your family members living with you on how to use a fire extinguisher. Hold a family training every few months to make sure everyone has a good idea of how to put out a fire successfully. Also, have a family exit plan in place and review it regularly to make sure your family can get out safely when it is needed.
Service Smoke Detectors
Take some time a couple times each year to make sure your smoke detectors are working properly. These life-saving detectors are powered by batteries, and will need a fully-charged battery in order to alarm in the event there is smoke in your home. And as a result you will need to check and replace the batteries every six months.
A good way to remember when to complete this maintenance is when you change the time for daylight savings time ending and beginning, for example. Or you can set up a schedule that works for you. The investment in the cost of a new battery is much less than replacing your home and possessions.
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