Keeping the place that you live safe during emergencies, power outages and just day to day life can help alleviate some stress from your life. Many homeowners probably know that it is best to have a fire extinguisher, working smoke detectors, food storage, lanterns and other common safety items, but here are some items that you might not originally think of that could help you and your family in an emergency.
Packed First Aid Kits
This seems like an obvious one on the list of safety items, but ensuring that your first aid kit is fully stocked with the right supplies and bandages. Another few items that may get overlooked are a tunicate or a stitch kit. These two could be very helpful in a natural disaster or emergency situation.
Make sure to update and check your first aid kit regularly and replace expired medications. Make sure to have emergency phone numbers and the number of your health care provider as well.
If you live in a two or three story house the most important safety item that homeowners need to have is a safety ladder. If you have bedrooms on the top floor, it would be really hard to get out of the house in a fire or flood. Keeping safety ladders in all bedrooms can help you or your children escape your home safely.
In the past few years, doorbell cameras have become one of the more popular safety items and have helped aid in robberies, stalkers and other terrible situations. Being prepared can include having a recording doorbell so that you are aware of anyone who visits your home or may try to break in. If your kids need to be home alone, having a doorbell camera can keep them safe and help you make sure that no one enters your home while you are not there to protect them.
Portable Space Heater
If the power is out in your home during the winter, or your town has experienced a natural disaster and has misplaced you from your home, you may find the need for a portable space heater. Keeping warm helps you to make clearer decisions and stay alive. In an emergency situation where you are able to be in your home, keeping it comfortable can be the difference for your family. Portable heaters or portable stove can be a great safety items.
Your home should be a sanctuary and keep you as safe from the elements as possible. Having safety items that keep you warm, fed and comfortable helps you to be better off than others.
For important documents, family heirlooms and other irreplaceable items, you should invest in a fireproof safe. This safety item can help you have important documents like passports if you need to leave, cash for supplies or birth certificates.
Fire damage is devastating and paper documents are difficult or impossible to replace. A fireproof safe not only keeps these documents from fire but from a robber.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon Monoxide can be almost impossible to detect on your own. That is why detectors are so important because they help to warn you before your family suffers carbon monoxide poisoning.
A carbon monoxide detector can also double as a smoke detector or other gas detector in your home. These should be placed lower to the floor since carbon monoxide is slightly lighter than air and the detector will pick it up sooner.
4-In-1 Emergency Tool
Having this tool can be useful in multiple situations that could impact your home. This tool is made out of the most durable cast aluminum and is also spark and rust proof. It can be used to open doors that are stuck, dig through waste or debris, shut off valves of gas or water and more.
Last but not least on the list, is an emergency crank radio. Having a radio could help you stay up to date on the weather or emergency situation and possibly charge your phones. These radios can operate with either batteries, sunlight or the hand crank. Some emergency or safety items come with multiple uses and have flashlights attached to them. Not only does this save you money, but can help if you forgot certain items when fleeing to the basement.
Cole Val Custom Homes
While our homes will not protect you from all emergencies, you will have a sense of safety and security while living in a custom home. We ensure that we use quality materials and are up to date on building codes. We don’t believe in cutting corners and want you to have a stress free life in your home.
Building a home gives you the freedom to meet all the items on your wish list, and even allows you to add safety items right into your home. Ask one of our builders about safety measures that can be put into place while building. At Cole Val we treat you like our family and help to make your building experience smooth. Choose us to build or remodel your home today.