Our first prep challenge in July is to buy or test fire safety and rescue equipment. Most of only think of fires that are caused be humans, but earthquakes, tornadoes, and 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.
1. BUY OR TEST FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT
A. Fire Escape Ladder – If you live on the 2nd floor, buy 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!
B. Fire Extinguisher – Every home should have a fire extinguisher. ABC fire extinguishers can be tested and refilled. Does yours work? How old is it. This video shows firefighters helping people test their fire extinguishers and discusses where to store it. A good ABC fire extinguisher can be found regularly on sale at Costco.
C. Smoke Alarms – When you push the test button, does your smoke alarm still work? Do you need a newer model? Yes, they do get old. Test yours this month.
D. A Carbon Monoxide Detector – Even though it doesn’t help with a fire, it will help save your life from carbon monoxide poisoning. Each home should have one. Check epa.com to know where to place it. You can replace one of your smoke detectors for a combo smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector.
F. Garden Hose with High Flow Fire Nozzle – The number 1 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.
2. BUY RESCUE SUPPLIES
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.
Keep rescue items stored in a well-marked tote where you can easily find them.
- Work gloves – to protect your hands from sharp objects.
- Pry bar – to pull nails, pry, lift or scrape.
- Climbing rope – to tie off an object or assist in a rescue.
- Emergency Auto Safety Hammer – to break in or out of a car or window.
Contact your local fire department or forest service for more ideas.
As you ponder what fire safety equipment & rescue supplies you need to keep on hand to keep your family safe, answers will come.
Best wishes and be safe!
The Food Storage Organizer
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