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How to Prepare for a Home Emergency

How to Prepare for Emergencies

Planning for a potential emergency isn’t always easy since it is difficult to separate planning for what we know will happen, from what might happen.  But when disaster does strike, those affected will regret not making time to properly prepare for the unexpected.

Your emergency plan can begin with protecting your home, which will save you from accidents that lead to injuries and dollars lost in disaster restoration.  Following these few steps will give you a starting point in preparing your family for emergency situations.

How Well Do You Know Your Home?

Knowing which utilities will need to be shut off is the first step in protecting your home from disaster.  This will ensure you a rapid recovery time, and fewer dollars spent repairing what was lost.

Once you read through the following recommendations for preparation, you’ll have the comfort of knowing that your family will be secure in any emergency situation.

Water Shutoff

Anyone who has lived in a climate with below freezing temperatures has heard of the damage caused by frozen pipes.  Frozen pipes lead to pipes that burst, and when the pipe thaws, unwanted flooding occurs.

To save yourself from thousands spent on water damage restoration following a flood, you must know where you can shut off your home’s water supply.  Knowing where the shutoff valve is in your home is crucial to stopping the water from gushing out of a broken pipe.

There are two potential places to locate your shutoff valve.  The first place to be aware of is in the basement.  Usually, homes are supplied with a shutoff connected to their inlet valve, which can easily be turned off.

The second water shutoff to be aware of is located outside of your home.  The valve’s location should be somewhere between the water source, and your home.  Usually, water main valves are housed within a marked box, so finding it should be easy.

Electrical Shutoff

Maintaining a lighted environment during a disaster can be comforting, but the implications of leaving your electricity on can be devastating to your electrical appliances and wiring.

One of the keys to preventing electrical damages is having a circuit panel that is clearly marked.  Most homeowners know where there circuit panel is, but they don’t know what to do when they open it up.

Take the time to properly mark your circuit panel in case of any unforeseen emergency.  Even if you experience a power outage, it is important to shut off your home’s power to avoid power surges that could potentially destroy electronic devices.

Gas Shutoff

Knowing where your natural gas shutoff is in your home is also a crucial element to keeping you and your family safe during an emergency.  Any natural disaster that can cause gas leakage could be a hazard to you and your family.  Gas leakage can easily lead to a hefty fire damage restoration bill.

Gas shutoffs are located at the gas meter on the exterior of your home.  To shut it off, you may need a specialized wrench, which can be purchased at your local hardware store.  Additionally, it is important to remember to never turn the gas to your home on once it has been shut off.  Call your local gas supplier who will send a professional to do it.

Just the Beginning of Your Home Emergency Plan

With these basic tools in hand, take additional time with your family so that everyone will be comfortable shutting off your home’s utilities.  Once everyone is comfortable with shutting off the water, gas, and electrical supply; continue to create your emergency preparedness plan.  The time you take in preparation will never parallel the regret you’ll face of not preparing.

Author Bio

Bart Vale is a writer for various companies that specialize in disaster clean-up.  His experiences with water damage restoration growing up prompt him in writing about topics regarding preparedness.

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