A Quick Guide To Home Emergency Preparedness

If there was to be an emergency at your house in the next twenty-four hours, would you know what to do? It seems that if you don’t already have a plan in place, then you’re not the only one that doesn’t. Most of us will tend to panic in an emergency, though, so having an idea of what to do and when can make a massive difference to how you react. So here are some emergency situations that you might face and what to do to prepare yourself for them. I hope that it helps you and your family get organized.



Animal Invasion

Depending on where in the world you live, this could be a very real potential problem. Something like a squirrel or a raccoon getting in the house might not sound that disastrous. But in reality, then can cause a lot of problems if left to their own devices. They are pretty destructive! What you should do when this happens is to isolate them into a room. Then open a window or an outside door and leave them to get out. It can be tempting to chase them out of the house or get a pet to do so, but that could lead to a hospital or vet trip. So best to be avoided if you can.

Pest Invasion

If you find that you have an invasion of a different kind, from some smaller bugs or pests, then it can be pretty gross. It might freak you out so much that you panic. So having a plan in place, as well as some contacts to get in touch with is a good idea. First of all, getting the contact details of somewhere like TermiteControlPlans.com is a good idea. Then you can call them when you need to. Second, of all, you should try to isolate the problem. You don’t want them to spread around the house, if at all possible.



Burst Water Pipe

Water can cause a lot of damage to property. So it pays to deal with any burst pipes as quickly as you can. First of all, do you know where the water switch off valve is? If you don’t, then that is your first job. Then if there is an emergency, you can go straight to switch off the water while you call a plumber. You could attempt to deal with it yourself, but it could lead to more water damage if you’re not completely competent in your plumbing skills.

Kitchen Fire

The kitchen is one of the rooms in the house where a fire would be the mostly likely to start. There are lots of things in there that could easily catch fire or start a fire. But what would you do if the worst happens? First of all, don’t panic! You need to decide what kind of fire it is. A grease fire, like one that might come from a chip pan, shouldn’t be put out with water. It would need a damp cloth over it, rather than just pouring water all over it. There is more in this article if you need it: http://www.thekitchn.com/kitchen-safety-how-to-put-out-138233. Other ways to put out fire include baking soda if it is something like a toaster fire, for example.

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