We at Artisan Electric believe that keeping your home safe is an essential part of being a homeowner. So here are a few ideas of what you should keep in an emergency kit.
Before you start…
Make sure that your kit is an easy to find place. We recommend keeping it in a dry cabinet in the kitchen. Accidents are more likely to occur there than any other room in the house, so keeping a kit there will help you address emergencies as quickly as possible
- Waterproof matches
If the power goes out, these can be essential in lighting and heating your home. You can use them to light candles or start a fire in your fireplace.
- A lantern and flashlights
You want one that has a long battery life, is durable and very bright. These can help light your home when the power goes out, but they can also light your path when you’re trying to identify potential damages and dangers to the home.
- A knife/multipurpose tool
These are not only essential in times of emergencies, but can also be useful in your day to day life. We recommend keeping one on a keychain so that you can be prepared wherever you go.
- A fire extinguisher
Fire extinguishers are one of those things that you won’t need it for the majority of your life, but once a fire pops up, you’ll be sorry you didn’t have it. When you buy one, make sure you read the instructions so that you know how to use it.
- Extra batteries
You should have a variety of batteries, but make sure that you have the corresponding batteries to your lantern and flashlights.
- One gallon of water per person per day
The Red Cross recommends keeping gallons of water. This can be used for drinking or bathing.
With these items in your emergency kit, you’ll be prepared for a variety of emergencies. But if you are facing an emergency, be sure to contact the proper authorities. If you have suggestions of what people should keep in their emergency kit, leave them in the comments section down below.
Stay tuned for part 2 where we tell you what should be in your car emergency kit.