Be prepared for emergencies at home. Keep your home supplied with safety essentials to help you deal with unexpected situations and natural disasters.
First Aid Kit
No matter how careful we are, accidental injuries happen at home. Make your own first kit including the items below, or purchase a complete one.
- Adhesive bandages
- Antiseptic wipes
- Antiseptic ointment
- Gauze roll
- Hydrocortisone ointment
- Adhesive cloth tape
- Gauze pads
Restock your kit as items get depleted. Periodically, check expiration dates and replace anything that has expired or been used up.
Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors are Safety Essentials
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas. CO gas displaces oxygen in the blood and exposure can be deadly. CO detectors protect you from life-threatening CO poisoning. Install a CO detector on every level of your home and include one in the garage.
Smoke detectors sound an alarm in the event of a house fire, allowing you and your family time to escape. Install smoke detectors in every bedroom and outside of every sleeping area. These safety essentials should also be installed on every floor of a home, including the basement and attic.
Among home safety essentials, escape ladders can be life-saving. In the event of a fire, exiting the home quickly is the top priority. If your home has more than one level, escape ladders for the upper-level rooms may be necessary for a safe exit. Teach your children how to attach and unroll the ladder and allow them to practice a window exit.
Home Safety Essentials Include a Disaster Kit
Since disasters and emergencies often occur when we’re least expecting them, don’t forget about home safety essentials like a disaster kit. Keep your emergency kit in a designated spot in your home where it is easy to access. Here some of the basic items that every disaster kit needs:
- Non-perishable Food
- Manual can opener
- Battery-operated or hand-crank radio
- First aid kit
- Pet food and medications
- Map of your area
- Personal sanitation items: moist towelettes, garbage bags, etc.
- Copies of documents: deed/lease, insurance policies, birth certificates, etc.
When creating your disaster kit, think about the specific needs of your household. If you have special dietary requirements, medications, or an infant, pack additional necessary items.