4 Easy Prep Steps For Your Family
We don’t have to remind you that emergencies are difficult situations. However, here are four easy ways to prepare for one.
1. Teach everyone to use 9-1-1
This may seem simple but it’s easily taken for granted. So teach your children know when, why, and how to call it. And don’t forget about your toddler. If they can work a BluRay, they can learn how to make a call. Children as young three have been known to save a life (and make news) doing it. TIP: If your cell phone has a passcode, teach everyone how to do an emergency override.
2. Determine exit routes
There’s a reason public spaces always, always have more than one exit. It’s simply safer than relying on one. So make sure everyone in your home knows all the different ways to exit it. There may be a time when the best exit isn’t a door; it’s a second-story window with an escape ladder.
3. Family meeting place
Speaking of exits, if you exit via different routes, it makes sense to plan a rendezvous point ahead of time. In the chaos of an emergency, the ability to take a headcount at a glance is priceless. It can also help you determine who may be inside and in need of rescue (during a house fire, for example).
4. Know where Boltwell emergency supplies are stored
Emergency supplies are most useful if they are accessible. So store family-friendly items in places that are reachable to everyone, keep those for adult use only out of harms way, and be sure to tell everyone where they are stored. No one wants to hunt around for flashlights during a power outage at night.