This is not supposed to scare you but rather make you think about what safety measures you have in your home to keep you and your loved ones safe. These days with devices operating tio such high safety standards, we are all guilty of being complacent. But this should act as a reality check and make you rethink what you should have in your home to ensure that you are ready and prepared for an emergency.
After all, it is not a wise decision to just leave things to chance.
Emergency turning off water tap
If a water pipe bursts, do you know where your stop tap is? If you own your own home and do not know where it is, ask a neighbour where their stop tap is. If you rent a property, the landlord will be able to tell you. Knowing how to stop water flooding into your home can save you from a lot of water damage and serious injury.
Shut down electrical devices
Like the stop tap, do you know where the fuse box in your home is? During an emergency, knowing where your fuse box is is vital.
Shut off your gas supply
Do you know where your gas supply off switch is? If you smell a gas leak in your home, the first thing you need to do is get out and call the emergency helpline. If your gas pipe off switch is on the outside of your building, you can (if safe to do so) turn this off after safely leaving the property.
Do you have a fire extinguisher?
It may not be something you think about but having a fire extinguisher can be vital to stopping a fire from spreading. There are obviously different types of fire extinguisher and if you are concerned about this, there are also fire blankets you can get. If you already own a fire extinguisher, check that it is still usable.
Smoke Detector Batteries
While there is new legislation coming into play next year in Scotland, you should check your homes smoke detector batteries regularly. When was the last time you checked them or changed them? That long!!! Go and change them now.