Do you have a home safety plan for your family? A lot of us don’t! If you have a home and you have a family, you need to have a plan in place for emergencies. It’s also important to practice your plan by running through it every couple of months until everyone knows it perfectly. Some people think this will scare kids, but it will become second nature to them and if a real emergency strikes, it’s not as scary! You’ll sleep better at night knowing you and your family are safe.
Your plan should include:
Two Safe Meeting Places Inside Your Home
One is your primary meeting spot; the other is your alternative. Choose places without windows and closest to the ground – a basement bathroom or interior first floor bathroom are often your safest places.
Two Safe Meeting Places Outside Your Home
Your outdoor meeting area is your go-to place in case of a fire or any emergency that means you need to leave the house. Choose two places in case one is unreachable – a neighbor’s house, the end of the driveway, your mailboxes.
Practice finding these places with your kids and getting to different meeting places from different rooms in your home.
Teach Young Kids to Dial 9-1-1
All kids should be able to dial 9-1-1 on the phone. But they should also know the right times to use this number and when not to use this number. Teach them your address, too. If they get separated from you for any reason, you’ll want them to know this.
Teach Kids about Safety Equipment
A fire extinguisher and safety ladder are musts in many homes. Make sure kids know how and when to use these but have an even firmer understanding of when not to touch them.
Know How You’ll Use Social Media, Texting or Other Tools to Contact One Another
Social media can be used to contact family and friends when you need to get a message to someone. Make sure your kids and you consider this as a communications option if needed. You can reach multiple people with one post.
Gather and Safely Store Important Information
Invest in a fire proof safe and store valuable papers – insurance policies, passports, birth certificates, financial record, etc. in this. Hopefully you’ll never need it!
No one likes to prepare for emergencies because we don’t like to think about them. But in the end, the sense of safety and security you have knowing you’re ready for anything will let you and your family sleep better at night.