In life, it's always best to err on the safe side. Emergencies, crises, and disasters are unpredictable. You don't want to be ill-prepared when you're caught in the cross-fire.
Let's talk about ways to stay alive in extreme conditions and urgent situations. The objective is for you to feel prepared to handle whatever stressor life throws at you.
You may never feel completely at ease or comfortable amidst disaster, but you CAN handle it if you do your research and practice. Look at the state of the world right now.
This is a global pandemic that nobody saw coming. Aren't you glad you stocked up your fridge and had masks available? Now, let's talk about ways to minimize risks and hazards in your own home.
1. Fires and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Make sure you have fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors. Fires are nothing to take lightly. Kitchen fires are more common than you may think. A small flame in your microwave can get out of hand quickly.
Make sure you and your family know about the location of the extinguishers in your household. Practice using them and develop a fire escape plan. Where will you all meet?
Also, make sure that your smoke alarms are working. I can't tell you how many times smoke alarms fail us due to unintentional negligence. Every so often, hold down the test button to check if it's working. After a few seconds you should hear an ear-piercing siren.
Let's not forget to talk about carbon monoxide, a toxic poison that can cause permanent damage to your brain or lungs. It can cause immobility and even death. Make sure you own a working carbon monoxide detector.
Not only will mold destroy your house, it can cause serious damage to your health. Mold, or fungi, can appear to be black, brown, yellow, pink, green, patchy or fuzzy growths that often give a stench. I'm sure you've smelled a musty odor in a damp basement before.
If you spot anything damp due to a flood or water leak, it can cause mold. If you have a small amount of mold, you can clean it yourself, but if the mold is covering a large space, you'll need an expert to come help you out. To prevent mold, make sure all surfaces are dry.
Symptoms associated with mold:
- Cough, wheezing, respiratory problems
- Chest pain
- Skin irritations
3. Getting Trapped on an Upper Floor
If you need to evacuate your home through a window on the second or third floor, you're going to need to keep a ladder. Make sure this ladder is long enough to reach the ground.
When emergencies occur, you want to make sure you have a Plan B and C. Your usual escape route may be blocked. Make sure you ladder is accessible. Head to the nearest window and climb down your ladder until you're safe on the ground.
Floods, intruders, or fires can happen when we least expect it. It's best to be fully prepared. If you or your child lives in an attic, talk about escape routes. If the house is on fire, you probably won't be able to leave the attic to go downstairs and escape out of the front door. You've got to use a ladder. It may be in your best interest to practice an escape route to reduce the risk of falling.
Thank you for reading my blog post on ways to minimize hazards and risks in your home. Remember, make sure that you have fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors. If this equipment is broken, it's useless.
Before you purchase your home, make sure it's mold free. Check the area for dampness- walls, carpets, water leaks. Keep your home dry to reduce the spread of mold. Lastly, make sure you have a tall ladder that can hold your weight and get you safely to the ground.
If you're prepared for emergencies, you dramatically increase your chances of living. The life of you and your loved ones is the most important thing in the world. Do whatever you can to protect it.
P.S. If you're interested in more tips and tricks to surviving emergencies, check out The Ultimate Prepper's Survival Handbook!