Disasters and emergencies can affect people in anywhere and at any time of the year without warning. Flood, fire but even small events, such as a power outage, can quickly have disastrous effects for a family that is not prepared. Family emergency planning can be the key to surviving an emergency or to avoid bigger loss.
Family preparedness that involves every member of the household is paramount to ensuring that your family is ready for a disaster, whether or not you are in the home. Preparedness keys to success for this type of situation follow:
Create a family disaster supply kit.
You have already bought all the presents, the tree is waiting to be decorated on the balcony, you even have the menu in your head, and you are about to sit back and relax because everything is set for a beautiful Christmas? Don’t do! Rather follow the below guidelines to avoid any bad surprises…
Safety in winter – safety is rarely an everyday issue, but they should be: accidental injuries are one of the leading health problems in Switzerland. Let’s think trough the question: what does winter have to do with accidents? “It won’t happen to me” is not an attitude to take. It could. Moreover, as parents, no matter the age of our children, we should not only be aware of our own actions, but we should also ensure our children are well supervised. First thing to do is think ahead and be prepared! This means predict what can happen and what to do in case an accident happens.
In Switzerland, three out of four fires break out in private homes. The injury and suffocation is great – especially sleeping people are at risk. And fire causes substantial damage to property, and even if it is replaceable, our personal belongings can be destroyed. The good news is that 99 percent of house fires are put out before they turn deadly. Burning in a house happens much less than smoke poisoning which can be also as dangerous.
Every year, more and more people die from CO poisoning caused by gas appliances that have not been properly installed, maintained or that are poorly ventilated. Levels that do not kill can cause serious harm if breathed in. In extreme cases paralysis and brain damage can be caused as a result of prolonged exposure to CO. Understanding of the risks and providing a reliable CO alarm could dramatically reduce this risk.
The Fire Triangle: there are three elements that must be present for a fire to exist. There must be oxygen to sustain combustion, heat to raise the material to its ignition temperature, fuel to support the combustion . The concept of Fire Prevention is based upon keeping these three elements separate.
While many of emergency services employed have at their home one, the same cannot be said for the general public. It is an unfortunate fact most people either ignore the dangers associated with home fires or they just do not realize the dangers that exist.
Every home should have a fire blanket located in the kitchen, BBQ area or where cooking takes place. When you consider the minimal cost to purchase one against the protection they provide for your loved ones, home, and your personal effects they are one of the best investments you will ever make.
Home, family, safety is most. Some people will start to think about, just when they been in trouble: broke, theft, fire, burned … But fortunately more and more people are those who have the foresight in time to protect their families.