Our homes are meant to be the once safe place in this crazy world. The one place that you can relax and not worry. That why if something happens your home, it can be very upsetting. But even if the worst does happen, all is not lost. There are ways of preparing for a home emergency and repairing the damage that occurs. Read on to find out what they are.
Fire is a terrifying possibility, but we have to face the fact that it could happen. Due to environmental issues like forest fires or electrical malfunction, fires, unfortunately, do happen. So it best to be prepared.
The first stage is to prevent house fire on your property as much as possible. Some of the ways of doing that are very easy and simple to do. For example, it’s important that you trim back any dry or dead plant life, so it is not flush you your home. This means that if it does catch fire for any reason, there is enough space for the fire to burn out before reaching the building.
Another Preventative measure that you can take is to ensure any bonfire and fireworks are set off well away from your house. Not everyone is an expert in controlling these, and if they do get out of hand, you want to make sure that they can’t reach your home. Also always make sure that you have buckets of water and a fire extinguisher on hand, if this is something that you want to do.
Dealing with a house fire when it is happening needs quick reactions. You need to know here the safest exist is for you are your family, so it’s worth practicing your escape routes and plan. This is incredibly important if you have young children or pets. Time saved on those valuable seconds working out what to do can really make the difference between life and death.
Flooding is another devastating event that can befall your home. It can be caused by leaking water mains, faulty appliances or heavy rainfall.
To minimize the risk of flooding in your home, make sure to check your devices regularly for leaks and faults. Get them service professionally if your budget allows. It’s also good to aware of the weather warning system in your area and have a stash of sandbags at the ready. You can put at the entrances to your home to stop the water coming in.
If you have recently experienced a flooding of your home, then your priority will be to get it dried out as quickly as possible. Standing water can cause mold, rot and can be a carrier for all sort of nasty waterborne disease that you will not want to expose your family to.
Switch on your air con (check that it is safe first) to start the drying our process. You can contact a professional water damage restoration company to help you dry out your home as soon as possible. This will minimize the damage to your positions and the danger to your family.
The chance of an earthquake is a reality that many families all over the world have to live with on a daily basis. While few, luckily, are serious, it is crucial that you know how to deal with this situation if it occurs.
Remember to drop, cover and hold in the midst of an earthquake. That is drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy object like a table and hold onto it for stability until the quake is over. It’s Also important that you stay away from window and stair which can become very unstable during an Earthquake. Whatever you do make sure that you protect your head area.
Once the quake has finished, make sure that you gas and electricity and water are turned off. Extinguish any fires that may have started. Then find a way to exit the building safely and meet at an organized assembly point. Make sure to let a medical professional know if you have suffered any injuries. Remember anyone that is unconscious should take medical priority.
Depending on the level of damage to your home, it may need anything from minor repair to major building work. But it is always important that any load bearing or structural beams are checked to ensure that they are still safe. This is because the support the structure of the whole house. If they have been damaged they can present a safety risk the next time an Earthquake occurs.