No one likes to think that a disaster could hit their home. But the fact is, each year in the United States 400,000 house fires occur, 1,000 tornadoes touch down, and thousands of people get sick or die from radon and carbon monoxide poisoning. We don’t want to scare you, but we do want to motivate you to purchase these 5 items to keep your home and family safe.
1. Fire Extinguishers
Your home should have a fire extinguisher for every 600 square feet of living space. There are several different types of fire extinguishers but a dry-chemical extinguisher marked general-purpose or multi-purpose is best for home use. Make sure you know how to use your fire extinguisher before you ever need it.
2. Smoke Detectors
Ideally, your home would have a smoke detector in every room; however, at the minimum, install one on every floor. Don’t forget to install smoke detectors in your basement and garage. There are different types of smoke detectors so make sure you choose the right kind for the right room. Check smoke detectors once a month and change the batteries once a year. It’s also a good idea to replace any smoke detector that is more than 10 years old.
3. Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that usually remains undetectable until injury or death. That is, unless you have a working carbon monoxide detector installed in your home. Appliances fueled by wood, oil, kerosene, or gas produce carbon monoxide so if you have any such appliance you should install carbon monoxide detectors and also follow these preventative measures.
4. Disaster Supply Kit
In the event of a disaster such as a tornado or earthquake, it’s important to have a disaster supply kit. A good disaster supply kit would be fully assembled before you ever need it, placed in an area of the home where all family members can access it, and have enough food, water and supplies to sustain all family members for at least 72 hours.
5. Radon Detection Kit
Radon is another odorless, colorless gas that typically goes undetected until sickness occurs. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon occurs across the United States and can seep into your home from surrounding soil. For that reason, all homeowners should purchase and utilize a radon detection kits to reduce risk of radon poisoning. These kits are inexpensive and easy to use and will help provide you with peace of mind.
We certainly hope that you never need to use any of these 5 items, but as the old adage goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry.