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Emergency Equipment That’s a Must-Have for Every Home

by | Apr 12, 2022 | Home Preparedness

Emergency Equipment That’s a Must-Have for Every Home

Most people don’t think about emergency equipment until they need it. But if you’re prepared for anything, you’ll be glad you have it on hand. Here are some must-have emergency items for your home.

Prevent and Fight Fire

Fire Extinguisher

A fire extinguisher is a must-have in any home, especially if you have a fireplace or stove. Here are the places in your home that should have a fire extinguisher:

  • Living area
  • Kitchen
  • Garage or workshop

Ideally, you’ll have a fire extinguisher about every 40 feet apart. The average fire extinguisher can last 10-12 years. We recommend replacing them every 8 years to be safe.

A fire extinguisher could also mean you won’t need to call us for smoke and fire damage restoration.

Smoke Detector

A smoke detector can save your life in a fire. Install them on every level of your home and test them monthly. One smoke detector on each level isn’t quite enough. Install them:

  • Inside every bedroom
  • Outside every sleeping area
  • In the kitchen
  • Attic and basement
  • Each stairwell

We know that beeping when the detector’s battery dies is annoying. Fight the urge to uninstall them (rip off the wall 😉) and just go ahead and install a new battery. It could save a life.

Protect Your Family

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly. Install a carbon monoxide detector near any potential gas sources, such as furnaces, water heaters, and fireplaces.

First-Aid Kit:

A first-aid kit is essential for minor injuries. Include items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers.

We recommend having one on each floor, so you have quick access to bandages when needed.

Outlasting a Power Outage

Flashlights and Candles

A flashlight is a must-have for any power outage or natural disaster. Be sure to keep fresh batteries on hand. Make sure you have flashlights next to every bed, kitchen, bathrooms, and main living area.

You should also have some safety candles and waterproof matches handy. Sometimes power outages can outlast your flashlight batteries. It’s always good to have a reliable backup.

Emergency Food and Water

Food and water are not guaranteed. There are many different scenarios where you will need one or both on a moment’s notice.

Even in situations where you’ve had a major plumbing issue, having extra water on hand is a must.

Store non-perishable food and water in a weather emergency or power outage. Good food to stock is:

  • Ready-to-eat canned vegetables, fruit, and meat (if you eat meat)
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Dry cereal/granola
  • Honey
  • Water (replace plastic containers yearly)

For more tips, visit ready.gov/food.

Safety Whistle

A whistle can help you signal for help if you’re lost or injured. The whistle should be loud, weather-resistant, and should attach easily to your jacket, pants, or bag. Choose a pea less whistle because they can’t jam.

Multi-Tool

A multi-tool is a handy tool to have on hand for any number of emergencies. It can include a knife, pliers, scissors, and more.

Choose a multi-tool with a blade made of durable super steel. Also make sure your multi-tool has a can opener.

Battery-Powered Radio

A battery-powered radio is essential for getting news and weather updates during a power outage. You can also consider a hand-crank radio as a backup.

Blankets

Blankets can help you stay warm if the power goes out in winter. They can also be used to signal for help if you’re stranded.

Make sure you have enough blankets for your entire family to outlast the coldest nights in your area.

Extra Cash

Keep a supply of cash on hand in case of an emergency. ATMs may not be working during a power outage or natural disaster. Keep cash in a manually operated safe (like one with a key) and make sure you can access it in an emergency.

These are just a few of the must-have emergency items for your home. Be sure to tailor your emergency kit to your specific needs. And always keep it in a convenient location so you can grab it and go if you need to evacuate.

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