No home should be without at least one fire extinguisher, for a larger home multiple extinguishers is the best plan.
Installing one in the Kitchen, Garage, Laundry Room and Work Shop should be a priority, but having one in your bedroom is also a good idea in case a fire breaks out in the middle of the night.
Educating yourself and your family on where the fire extinguishers are and how to properly handle them before a fire starts could keep a small fire from becoming a fully involved house fire.
Fire extinguishers are fairly easy to use, but not without first thinking of your safety first.
Have a plan so if a fire breaks out, you know what to do.
- Alert everyone in the house and get outside.
- Call emergency services.
- Then if the fire has not gotten too big, use the extinguisher, keeping yourself between the fire and an exit so you can get out if things get worse.
On the Next Page, you will learn what P.A.S.S. means when using your extinguisher.
Whether it is a fire, flood, hurricane, tornado or blizzard, most people are not prepared for a disaster when it strikes. It can be the difference between survival and death and also the difference in getting life back to normal as quickly as possible.
Having a plan is the first part of being prepared for a disaster, knowing who is where and where to go to meet up or be contacted will help reduce the stress of the situation. Having a tote packed and ready to go with certain items is a great idea when you have to get out fast.
Here is a list of some items you will want to pack up in your survival kit:
Basic Items for Survival
Water: One gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation; double if you live in a very hot climate, have young kids, or are nursing. Bottled water is best, but you can also store tap water in food-grade containers or two-liter soda bottles that have been sanitized. Factor in your pet’s water needs, too.
Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishables and a can opener. Pack protein, fruit, and vegetables, but make sure they’re in a form that stores easily, such as cereal bars and trail mix with dried fruit. Include some treats that have a long shelf life, such as Tootsie Rolls. Store food in pest-proof plastic or metal tubs and keep it in a cool, dry place.
Flashlights and extra batteries: “Candles are not recommended because there are many house fires caused by candles left unattended,” says David Riedman, a public affairs officer with FEMA.
Battery-operated radio: Red Cross radios are available at multiple retailers and online.
Sanitation and Hygiene Supplies.
- Plastic sheeting, duct tape, and dust masks — in case you need to seal your home or shelter from airborne contaminants
- A whistle to signal for help
- Toys or other comfort items for kids
Also it is good to take important papers with you.
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