Whether you are a first time homebuyer or a seasoned landowner, you need to be prepared in the case of a home emergency. If a pipe bursts or your air conditioner goes out in the middle of a heat wave, being prepared with home emergency tips will ensure that you get through the ordeal without any major scratches. S.E.A Construction wants to help make your home interior and exterior prepared and emergency resistant.
Install a Motion Detector Light
Installing a motion detector light at the front of your house will not only ward off home invaders, but it will also help you feel safe on a walk home in the dark. Being proactive in preventing a burglary will help to keep away the problems. A motion detector light will alert your household if someone or something is outside and it will also help light your walk to the door if you return home late.
Use a Fire Extinguisher
First, check to see that your fire extinguisher has not expired. It if has expired, start by purchasing a new extinguisher. Having a fire extinguisher in your house can save you from future troubles, as long as you know how to use it appropriately. Keep this acronym in mind: PASS. P: Pull the pin. A: Aim the nozzle at the base of the flames. S: Squeeze the trigger. S: Sweep the spray from side to side.
Keep Your Home Cool
Having your air conditioner break, or likewise not having an air conditioner can cause major home heat problems in the hot summer months. To prepare your home properly for the heat, be sure to monitor the times of the day. First thing in the morning, close all of your windows and shut the blinds. Keep the sunlight out of your home during the day. As soon as the sun starts to set and it cools down outside, reopen your windows and blinds to bring the cool air in. Keep this system going throughout the heat waves and your home will save any cold air inside during the hot days.
Label Circuit Breakers
Take the time to label your circuit breakers. If you are new to a home or have lived in yours for years, knowing which switch is attached to what part of the house will save you time and worry in the future. If the hair dryer and microwave caused a blackout again, you will quickly be able to solve the problem. If you have an electrical spark of fire in one part of the home, quick access to the electricity in the room could save you from more damage.
Stop an Overflowing Toilet
Lift the lid off your toilet tank and pull up on the chain attached to the black rubber ball as soon as you see water starting to overflow. This will stop the flow of new water into the tank. Then quickly close the water valve under the toilet (and grab a plunger) to prevent completely drowning your bathroom.
Take a Home Inventory
Take an inventory of all of the valuable items in your home. In the unfortunate event of a home robbery, it will save you time with the insurance company if you are able to instantly know what was taken. Rather than playing the guessing game, keep images and receipts for all of the purchased items in your home.
These safety tips are designed to save you time and effort if an emergency were to occur in your home. There are many other instances that you should always be prepared for: such as a frozen pipe, a larger home fire, or a neighborhood emergency. S.E.A Construction takes all of these into consideration when we are planning our home remodel designs. If you are ready to start a home remodel and prepare your house for any emergency situation, contact us now!