In 2004, The Department of Homeland Security designated September as National Preparedness Month to educate the public on the importance of disaster preparation. None of us wants to think about scary situations like a house fire or extreme weather, but it’s always best to know how to handle it if it happens. Here are some ideas for being prepared.
Develop a family emergency preparedness plan
When disaster happens, it’s hard to stay calm and discuss what to do next. Plan ahead and discuss with your family what would happen if they woke to disaster in the middle of the night, how to exit the home (in the case of a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning) and where to meet outside that’s safe. You may also want to go over other scenarios such as heading to the basement in strong storms. Write down a plan for your family and make sure everyone understands what to do when disaster strikes. Here are some additional tips from Red Cross on planning for an emergency.
Build an emergency kit
Your household should have an emergency supply kit that includes basic supplies to last 72 hours. There should be one gallon of water per person per day, and clean water for pets. Your kit should also have a can opener and nonperishable food such as soups (it’s a good idea to throw spoons in the kit too). Other ideas for your emergency kit include a battery-operated radio, flashlights, basic medicines for adults and kids, and a whistle for calling for help.
Prepare Your HVAC system for colder weather
When temperatures plummet into single digits or you’re stuck inside during a Maryland blizzard, the last thing you want is for your furnace to quit. You also don’t want to risk any fire hazards or carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty furnace. Have your heating system tuned up now to ensure your family’s warmth and safety throughout winter.
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Call us today to schedule your furnace maintenance appointment so you’ll be ready for the worst of winter in Harford County. We look forward to hearing from you!