10 Ways to Protect Your Home and Prepare for Emergencies
Emergencies and accidents often strike without warning which is why being prepared ahead of time is always a wise idea. These tips will assist you in making sure your home and family will be best protected and prepared should an emergency occur.
Protect against break-ins. Home invasions happen in all areas in the United States. This rate suggests that it is a good idea to invest in a home security system to protect your home and family.
Be aware of local threats. In South Florida of course tropical storms, hurricanes and tornadoes can strike. Alert your family of the natural threats and have a plan in place to be best prepared for potential disasters.
Outdoor lighting. Be sure your outdoor lights are working properly and keeping your perimeter well illuminated. Homes that are well-lit will deter burglars better.
Home checks. Every month or so, inspect your home for any damaged or broken items. Roofs, doors, windows, pipes and drains are things to be on top of for wear and tear. Making sure everything is in good operating shape will help ensure safety.
Test smoke detectors. Billions of dollars in personal property are lost every year due to fires, therefore it is a wise idea to regularly check both your smoke detectors as well as carbon monoxide detectors. This can save you money or even your life.
Test your fire extinguisher. These units can get old and stop functioning after a while. Check the pressure gauge along with the hoses for any cracks to see if it is ready to be used and in tact.
Devise an emergency plan. Construct a plan for you and your family in the event of an emergency. Where will you meet? How will you communicate? If lines are down you will need to agree on a meeting place to ensure that everyone knows that you are all okay.
Keep contact information accessible to all. Be sure to have important contact numbers stored in your cell phone, however keeping a backup hard copy is also a great idea. Numbers to record include primary care physicians, poison control and a trusted neighbor.
72-Hour emergency kits. The CDC suggests having the following kit in your home and car.
- One gallon of water per person, per day
- Non perishable food
- Can opener
- Important medication
- Toilet paper
Home inventory. In case you need to file an insurance claim it is helpful to have an itemized inventory of your valuable goods. Keep instruction manuals, serial numbers, receipts and the like in a safe place so you can easily access them if needed.