Keeping your family safe is a full-time task when they’re out and about. For parents, that means nothing but worry and stress until all children are safely within the confines of home once again.
However, many parents still fail to consider the many dangers that can actually strike at home and are completely unprepared for disaster when it strikes. Putting together a home safety kit will help alleviate some of that stress, as well.
Make sure your safety plan involves at least one fire extinguisher in each part of the home. Obviously, the kitchen needs an extinguisher that each capable member of the home knows how and when to use.
Also make sure your garage has its own extinguisher, and if the home is large, make sure one is also stationed conveniently on the end of the home opposite the kitchen. When it comes to fires, you will also want to be sure to have a fire escape ladder that is safe and functional if you live in an apartment or have a multi-story home.
Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit where it is easy to find and access. Make sure the kit includes gauze and tape, bandages in various sizes, and disinfecting spray and wipes. Also be sure to purchase splits for fingers, ankles, and legs, eye wash, tweezers and scissors.
The purpose of a good first-aid kit is to make sure your family is prepared for an emergency, so be sure the kit you choose contains all basic and necessary supplies.
In case of long-term power loss or stranding due to weather disasters, it’s imperative to have a supply of food and water stored. Experts recommend having a minimum of three days’ worth of bottled water and non-perishable foods on hand to use in case of emergency.
Make sure you are stocked up with high-protein canned goods, rice, canned tuna, and other easy-to-prepare and readily edible items.
Along with the supplies, make sure your family has set up a safe meeting place and has a disaster plan in place. Practice the plan frequently and keep your safety items fully stocked at all times in order to make sure everyone you love is prepared in case disaster strikes.