Floods, fires and more can happen at any time due to extreme weather. There are ways to protect both your family and your home in case these disasters strike. Instead of causing panic and confusion, help your family cope with disaster with the following tips:
Protecting the household begins long before the disaster occurs. Every family should have an emergency plan. This includes setting up places to meet, inputting emergency telephone numbers into phones or posting them near phones and making sure that you have adequate insurance. Everyone should also know how to turn off the gas, water and electricity when needed. Be sure to have a first aid kit the is up to date and well stocked with emergency items, as well as medications that anyone might need in the home. It’s also important to have at least three days supply of food and fresh water.
Keep Your Home Up To Code
When you are doing remodeling and updates in the home, be sure that you are following code so that your home can be as safe as possible. Newer homes should be built with hurricane straps that will also help keep it more stable during an earthquake. It’s especially important to make sure all electrical wiring is installed correctly when adding outlets or adding rooms to the home.
The type of shelter you need will depend on the natural disaster. For tornadoes, it is important that everyone knows how to get to the storm cellar to stay safe. Family members should also be informed to get to high ground in the even of a flood. Whatever the situation, it’s important to first find the best shelter and make sure everyone is safe before doing anything else.
Turn On the Radio
A radio is invaluable in giving out information in case of emergencies. Because the electricity will probably be out, this means keeping a supply of fresh batteries on hand to run the radio. Some radios can be hand cranked without batteries and can even serve as flashlights.
In the event of a power outage, appliances, lamps and other electronics should be unplugged or turned off. This is because a surge can happen when the power is restored, and this can damage the electrical system.
Clean Up Immediately
It’s important to clean up your home as soon as possible after a natural disaster. This is especially critical in the event of floods, says professionals at Quick-Dry Flood Services. Water damage in the home can cause mold and mildew to take grow very quickly, which can damage your home and pose a serious health hazard to your family.
These are only a few tips that can help safeguard both your home and family when a disaster strikes. Be sure you review procedures and safe locations with your family on a regular basis so there is less chaos in the event of a natural disaster.
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