You can never be too prepared when it comes to staying safe during an emergency or natural disaster. Furnishing your new home should include items that keep everyone’s wellbeing in mind right along with the typical purchases of furniture or décor.
This list is not exhaustive but provides a good starting place with the essentials. Depending on where you live, your season of life, and the condition of your home, how you prepare to protect everyone from harm will differ.
Install the Basics First to Save Lives
Smoke detectors tend to be the single most important safety purchase for your home. We can easily grow tired of hearing about smoke detectors and take them for granted, but there are more than 350,000 home fires in America each year according to the National Fire Protection Association. A functioning smoke detector can be the difference in saving lives.
Smoke may alert a detector of a potential fire, but there are other dangerous toxins that are even more difficult to detect. Carbon Monoxide gas is a threat that is nearly impossible to detect without the proper equipment installed. For homes that use gas or oil, carbon monoxide detectors are especially vital.
A dry chemical fire extinguisher is another vital item to have on hand. Hopefully you will never have to use it, but those who have will forever be grateful it was there. Every level of your home and ancillary areas, such as a garage, should have a fire extinguisher readily available.
The Right Kits Bring Peace of Mind
The rest of the must-haves are generic kits, which include first aid, emergency, and other supplies. A well-stocked first aid kit should include current medication, compress dressings, bandages, cloth tape, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, and aspirin at the very minimum.
An emergency kit in the home that contains enough food, water, and basic supplies to last everyone in the home at least 72 hours should be kept on hand. This includes nonperishables, flashlights, batteries, plastic sheeting, a weather radio, and a few small tools. Other items can be added to these essentials depending on your location and type of emergency most likely to occur.
Finally, homeowners can rest assured regarding their preparation if they have plenty of protective supplies on hand in addition to the first aid and emergency kits. Protective supplies include gloves, safety goggles, ear plugs, dust masks, and other personal protective equipment.
One of the occasions in which these kits and supplies come in most handy is during a move. Professional movers like Capitol Moving & Storage will also have several of these supplies on hand. Call Capitol Moving & Storage at (860) 415-4400 or use our online contact form to request more information on making your next move a safe one.