Preparations to Stay Safe during a Home Emergency

Mar 31, 2014 by

With some incredibly hostile weather of late, the need to understand the dangers storms present has increased and many families have been wise enough to familiarise themselves with information on the subject so as to be better prepared in the advent of a home emergency during wild weather.

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There is, however, more to readying the family for the advent of a storm that results in a home emergency like flooding or storm damage, and in addition to understanding what to do when wild weather turns the living room into a giant puddle, it’s also important to educate everyone as to what to do during a gas leak or fire because these are life-threatening dangers that no home is immune to, and not only during wild storms either.

Alerting your family to danger

Smoke detectors are a lifesaving device, one that will alert your family to the outbreak of fire in the family home. In order to ensure they will alert your family of the outbreak of fire they must be tested regularly (every month is advisable), even units that are powered by ten-year lithium batteries. Moreover, alarms should also be dusted when they’re checked because dust can cause malfunctions.

Gas leaks are another danger in family homes and whilst your nose should suffice, if there was a gas leak during the night when you were asleep there’s a good chance you wouldn’t notice, so you might like to consider installing a natural gas detector in the kitchen.

Keeping the family safe during a winter storm

The storms that have hit the UK in recent years, particularly the 2013-14 winter, have been fierce and highlight the need to educate one’s family as to what to do during a harsh winter storm. Here are a few tips for staying safe during a winter storm.

  1. Prepare an emergency box in readiness. This should contain candles, matches, torches and other items that you might require.
  2. If violent weather is predicted, stock up on food supplies and ensure that you have adequate drinking water in case something happens to the plumbing.
  3. Conserve the heat that’s trapped inside your home by opening the windows and doors only when necessary, and keep the internal doors in your home shut as this will further limit the amount of heat that can escape.
  4. When using candles to provide light, don’t leave them unattended, as is the case with space heaters because these should not be placed within three feet of anything that can catch fire.
  5. If it’s freezing outside, leave the taps dripping slightly as this can help to prevent your pipes from bursting (if they freeze use a hair dryer to thaw them out), and although you might already have plumbing drainage cover, any measures that can reduce the likelihood of burst pipes should be taken.
  6. Relax as much as possible to avoid putting pressure on yourself physically, and bear in mind that cold weather can put extra pressure on your heart, so if you have a heart condition of any kind, stay as calm and relaxed as possible.
  7. If you need to travel away from your home, notify a family member or friend of where you’re going and what time you expect to arrive and it’s also advisable to pack a bag with warm clothes and a sleeping bag in your car just in case you breakdown in cold or wild weather. This doesn’t take much effort and can make all the difference in an emergency.

Take note of these tips to keep your family safe during a home emergency.

Author: Emergency Cover Limited is a company that promises all of their clients that all claims will be proactively managed until completion. They are one of the top providers of plumbing drainage cover in the UK.

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