Our first preparedness challenge in July is to buy fire safety and rescue equipment. Most of us only think Our first preparedness challenge in July is to buy fire safety and rescue equipment. Most of us think fires are only caused by humans, but earthquakes, tornadoes, electrical storms, and other disasters cause fires as well. So, it’s important to be prepared with some basic safety and rescue equipment. If your finances are tight, you can buy these over time. Let’s look at a few of those basics.
Buy Fire Safety and Rescue Equipment
Let firefighters or other first responders do the rescuing whenever possible. However, you may be the only person around who can help someone escape a fire or other disaster. If you aren’t strong enough or trained to rescue someone, keep equipment on hand for someone else to help you.
A. Fire Extinguisher – Every home should have an ABC fire extinguisher. This type can be tested and refilled. A good ABC fire extinguisher can be found regularly on sale at Costco.
B. Smoke Detectors – When you push the test button, does your smoke alarm still work? Do you need a newer model? Test yours this month. You may need to replace the 9-volt battery.
C. Fire Escape Ladder – If you live on the 2nd floor, get a fire escape ladder. This news story teaches you if a ladder is worth it and this video shows the host from an old house installing one. Pretty amazing!
D. Climbing Rope – This can be used to tie off objects so they are out of the way, or assist in a rescue.
E. Garden Hose with High Flow Fire Nozzle – The number one goal of fire safety is getting away from the fire. However, if you have a small grass fire, you may be able to put it out with a hose and high flow fire nozzle. Never battle a house fire with a hose.
F. Pry bar – Use this to pull nails, pry boards, lift a heavy object or scrape something out of the way.
G. Emergency Auto Safety Hammer – This hammer will help you break in or out of a window or car.
Keep rescue items stored in a well-marked tote where you can easily find them. Contact your local fire department or forest service for more ideas. As you ponder what fire safety equipment and rescue supplies to keep your family safe, answers will come.
Best wishes and be safe!
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