Staying Safe At Home In Emergencies

Planning For Emergencies

We like to think there’s no place safer than home. But the sometimes harsh reality is that emergency situations can happen to any of us. Unless there’s a fire, a flood, a storm, or an earthquake. No matter where your home is, it pays to be safe and prepared.

While most of us will be highly unlikely to be the victims of natural disasters, a surprisingly large number of homes will potentially be. The vast majority of homeowners and families are woefully unprepared for an emergency. 

Here’s a simple checklist to use as the start planning for emergencies:

  1. Discuss the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes, and other emergencies, and how to respond to each.
  2. Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster
  3. Discuss what to do about power outages and personal injuries
  4. Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape routes from each room
  5. Show family members how to turn off the water, gas, electricity at main switches when necessary
  6. Post emergency telephone numbers on refrigerators or home bulletin boards
  7. Teach children how, and when to call 911, police, and fire
  8. Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information
  9. Pick one out of province and one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated during a disaster
  10. Teach children your out of province contact’s phone numbers
  11. Pick two emergency meeting places: near your home in case of a fire, outside your neighbourhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster
  12. Take basic first aid and CPR classes
  13. Keep family records in water and fire proof container

If you’ve experienced a recent emergency such as storm, flood, or fire call 24hr Junk. Our compassionate team will provide comforting service during the difficult time while you work to support your family.