Home Safety Essentials You Need to Have to Protect Your Family!
The saying ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ has become widely used during the COVID-19 pandemic, but is your home truly set up to be safe? Although staying home minimizes our risk of exposure to the coronavirus, there are other precautions that every family should take to ensure that they can be prepared and protected for MULTIPLE emergencies while at home. Are you prepared for a fire? Do you have what is necessary should someone collapse to heart failure? What about when injuries happen in your backyard? There are plenty of things we can do to prevent accidents and prepare for crises! Not sure how to make your living space safer? Here are your home safety essentials that you NEED to have to protect your family!
First Aid Kit
One of the most common home safety essentials that should be in our homes is a first aid kit! These compact and fully-loaded kits have everything you need to treat, dress, and attend a wound or injury. First Aid Kits are great to have in the home as many of the most common accidents happen right in the house – burns from the stove, cuts in the kitchen, scrapes from falling, stings from bees in the yard, and other injuries. Having a first aid kit handy and accessible is a great way to make sure that you are prepared for any accident and can respond appropriately!
Emergency Escape Plan
Did you know that only 6 out of 10 families in Canada (Statistics Canada) have considered how they would evacuate the home in case of a fire or other emergency? Parents, children, and teenagers often sleep in separate rooms, and sometimes on different floors of the house. With everyone in a different area, it is critical to discuss an emergency escape plan with your family. Create a document and discuss where each member of the family should go should an emergency occur, as well as identify the best routes to get out of the house if obstacles blocked the main exit. Reviewing an emergency escape plan is also a great chance to identify the location of the fire extinguishers within your home as well as an opportunity to show kids what the smoke detector sounds like!
BONUS TIP: If there are young children in your household, hold a practice fire drill so that they can experience and understand what to do.
Fire Escape Ladder
When we think of fire safety, we often think of fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. But installing these on each floor of your home are only two of the fire safety equipment essentials you need to ensure your family is protected in the case of a fire. Is your bedroom on the top floor of your home? If a fire was blocking your stairway or any other exits, would you have a way to leave through the windows? How would you get down safely? The answer: a fire escape ladder! Fire escape ladders are a perfect solution to evacuate the home in hard-to-exit locations. These home safety additions are easily stored in top-floor bedroom closets or under the bed, and provide family members with an alternative escape route!
Carbon Monoxide Detector
In the Survey of Emergency Preparedness and Resilience conducted by Statistics Canada, it was found that while 98% people had a working smoke detector in their home and 66% had a working fire extinguisher, only 60% had a working carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide – a tasteless, odorless, and invisible gas – can be in the home without you even realizing it. This gas can be leaked by vehicles, gas stoves, fireplaces, gas water heaters, and other common household appliances. If there is no carbon monoxide detector in the home, exposure to this silent killer over time could lead to severe symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning such as unconsciousness, weakness, blurry vision, nausea, and other symptoms. How can you avoid this? Install a carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home and if it ever goes off, evacuate your home immediately and call 911.
With the current precautions and concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring good hand washing practices and social distancing while outside the home is key to preventing the spread of germs. But having a PPE face mask is another step you can take to protect yourself and other family members! Keep a face mask with you at home for each member of the family, as well as have a back-up face mask ready for use in the vehicle. This is especially important for certain cities who have made wearing face masks mandatory for public locations!
Need a face mask but not sure where to buy one? First Edition is currently selling cloth reusable PPE face masks that have a nose fit design and are washable up to 20 times! Order yours online and have it shipped to your home!
AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)
Do you have a family member at home who has heart disease? What about a friend or relative who visits often? If you or someone you know has heart disease, one of the best ways to improve your home safety is to install an AED! These life-saving devices can DOUBLE the chances of survival should anyone experience a cardiac event while in or around your home. Neighbours, grandparents, cousins, children, aunts, friends – whoever they are, whatever their risk, be prepared! Install an InHome AED in your home and be confident that you have prepared for an emergency in every way possible.
First Aid Training for the Family
Looking for something to do with the family? Why not enroll your family in first aid training! Not only is this a great way to learn something new, it is also a way you can improve your own home safety! Not sure if the kids are old enough to learn first aid? At First Edition, we believe that EVERY age can learn the skills to save a life, whether that be teaching them when to dial 911, or performing CPR on a parent who isn’t breathing. Simply having your family trained in these life-saving skills can encourage the protection of those in your home, neighbourhood, and any others that you come into contact with.
Want to make more of an impact on the safety of your child? In addition to getting certified and first aid trained with your family, why not also reach out to your child’s school? Inquire with the school board and staff to ask about having them looking into First Edition’s School Training for the upcoming year! That way your child as well as their peers can all get the age-appropriate training that could potentially save a life whether in the classroom, at home, or on the playground!
Take a look around your home and see if you have these home safety essentials installed and ready should an unexpected emergency arise! The more that you can prepare for the unexpected, the more protected and safer your family will be!
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