In an unpredictable world, our homes are our sanctuary. It’s the place where we unwind, relax, and spend quality time with family. So, it is a top priority to keep ourselves, our families, and our homes safe. Here are 5 home safety essentials that you should have on hand.

Home Safety Essentials

When you think about home safety, you might first think about a first aid kit and fire alarms. While these are essential and basic safety items for every home, here are some other essential safety items that are often overlooked.

Disaster Kit

You may already have a first aid kit in your home. While a first aid kit can help during medical emergencies like falls and cuts, a first aid kit doesn’t have everything you may need in a disaster.

A disaster kit should be part of your home safety essentials. This kit should contain at least a 3 to 4 day’s worth of non-perishable food, a gallon of water for each person per day, matches, candles, flashlights, batteries, a solar-powered charger, a whistle, an emergency radio, personal hygiene items, prescriptions, and cash. You’ll need these supplies during an immediate emergency like a natural disaster.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors are Home Safety Essentials

Fire alarms will alert you when they detect smoke in your home. Carbon monoxide detectors will sound when there are dangerous levels of carbon monoxide gas, which you cannot see or smell. Improve your home’s safety alarm system by adding carbon monoxide detectors. You could also replace the standard fire alarms with a two-in-one combination of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Emergency Ladder

You may already have a ladder in your garage or tool shed. However, an emergency ladder is different from a standard ladder. This type of ladder is made with durability, versatility, flexibility, and convenience in mind. Emergency ladders or escape ladders should be able to support at least 1,000 pounds and deploy quickly in the event it’s needed. An escape ladder should fit any window frame. When choosing an emergency ladder, choose one that is long enough to reach the ground from your home’s uppermost windows.

Emergency Tool

You’ve got a garage or tool shed full of tools, but you have an emergency tool? A 4-in-1 emergency tool is another home safety essential you will need for your home. This particular tool allows you to shut off your home’s water or gas valves during an emergency. It can also pry a door open and dig through debris. A 4-in-1 emergency tool is vital to have in an emergency so you will not have to search your tools to find the ones you need.

Fireproof/Waterproof Safe

A fireproof and waterproof safe is included in our list of home safety essentials. This type of safe will safeguard your valuables like important documents, passports, deeds, heirlooms, checkbooks, and more. When an emergency happens, the first thing that comes to mind is your family’s safety. So, storing your valuable items securely is important when you are dealing with an emergency, giving you one less thing to worry about.

These 5 home safety essentials are often forgotten but should be included in your home. In an emergency, don’t panic. Stay calm and use your home safety essentials until help arrives.

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