Disaster strikes at the most inopportune times. Nobody is off limits to disaster, and it can happen to the best of people. The one thing you do have control over, however, is preventing it the best you can and being as prepared as possible. These are six common home emergencies that can and do happen, and how to avoid them with regular maintenance:
Gas leaks are highly dangerous, but they can avoided with a few maintenance tips and tricks. Don’t dig outdoors until you’ve consulted with your utility company on where your gas lines are, and keep an eye out for fraying or cracking in your gas pipes. Natural gas detectors are great for detecting broken gas lines, since you can’t smell or see the dangerous carbon monoxide.
During the winter, one major concern on everyones’ minds is the freezing of pipes. You can prevent frozen pipes in the winter by wrapping insulated tape around them, running light streams of water from every faucet in the home until the temperature rises, and servicing your boiler.
Power outages are never fun, and they can be dangerous if they last long enough. To make sure that you don’t contribute to the onset of a power outage, be sure that you’re not overloading the circuit by using an excessive amount of multi-outlet power units and/or powerful appliances. Be prepared by keeping flashlights and blankets in an area that everyone can get to in the home.
It’s easy to prevent a fire in the home by maintaining smoke alarms in the correct manner. Install smoke alarms in every room of the house, and use their “test” buttons periodically to ensure that they are working correctly. Never disable or borrow a battery from a smoke alarm, as this can set your home up for a fatal situation. Additionally, keep fire extinguishers in the home, and inspect them on a regular basis.
It’s important to be prepared for any medical emergency. The best way to do this is to know the medical needs of each family member in the home and prepare accordingly. Always have an extra supply of needed medications in case you are unable to get more medicine right away. Senior citizens should also consider wearing life-alert bands that can get them the help they need if they fall and can’t get up. Have a list of phone numbers easily accessible for kids and anyone in the home to call in case of different emergency situations.
It’s not unlikely that you’ll experience at least one pest infestation in your lifetime, but there are ways to keep the odds of it happening as low as possible. A great place to start in keeping your home pest-free is by spraying your house regularly for prevention, suggests professionals at Ted the Terminator Inc. With pests in the home, a little prevention goes a long way.
While some home emergencies can happen no matter how well you prepare, knowing what you can do to prevent a disastrous outcome can make a big difference.
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She enjoys writing about home, family, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book when she isn’t writing.