One of the best ways to keep you and your family safe is to start at home. Safety just requires some forethought and planning on what you would do in case of an emergency. Here are some simple steps that will get you one step closer to being prepared for an emergency at home:
- Have large, bright (or lighted) address numbers on your house so that emergency personnel can find you easily, even at night
- Make sure your entire family has an out of province contact person in case phone lines are jammed or down in your home province
- Ensure that all your family members have a list of their current medications and any medical conditions readily available
- Make sure you have the ICE (In case of emergency) feature activated on your phone
- Wear a bracelet with your medical conditions and/or allergies
- Have a well-stocked first aid kit in your home and car
- Create a meeting place for your family in case of an emergency. Factors to consider are ease to get to and surrounding amenities and risks
- Have everyone trained in first aid in your home
- Teach your children how to reach out for help by calling 911 when appropriate
- Collaborate with your neighbors on a neighborhood safety plan
- Make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order and have fresh batteries.
These may sound simple, but in an emergency you want to be able to know where your supplies are and what you will do. Once these measures are in place, you will feel more confident should something unexpected arise. If you have a fully stocked first aid kit and know where it is, you will be able to avoid running around looking for bandages if someone in your home cuts their finger or steps on something that requires bandaging. Simple, yes. Effective, also yes. Safety really does start at home and Paladin First Aid can help you formulate a safety plan if you require some help. Stay safe.