It is always smart to have certain things handy that just may make like at home easier. On any day, there may be an occasion that arises where a specific “thing” is needed to make life better. An emergency or weather-related event can throw the home in disarray and being prepared with necessities is crucial.
It always feels good to have just what you need when an unexpected event occurs. You can grab it quickly and easily instead of having to run to the store to find what you need.
Fortunately, there are many resources that provide tips and suggestions to make home life a little more comfortable. Organization for the home is key to being prepared for those surprising moments. These tips are intended to provide some guidance and not be caught unprepared.
Home Emergency Supplies. A busy home is an active environment with many moving pieces, sometimes those pieces may break or get bruised. Home injuries are rising and many homes are not prepared. Active children, kitchen mishaps, gardening slip-ups can and do happen every day. For these times it is smart to have a good emergency first aid kit that is easily available and stocked with key supplies.
A good medical supply company can provide the necessary supplies and provide helpful suggestions for the first aid kit. Make life more comfortable during an emergency and designate an area, a sealed bin, or other localized places in the home for emergency supplies.
Some recommended emergency items:
- Potable Water
- First Aid kit
- Food (Humans and Pets)
- Cell Phone Cords and External Chargers
- Hygiene and Female Sanitary Products
The Backyard and Play Area. An active family on a beautiful day ready to play, perform yard work, or simply relax is a great thing. Ah, life is good! But are you ready for the outside? Are insect repellents readily available for ants, mosquitos, wasp, and hornets? Do you know what to do first when a wasp stings you? Are there safety procedures in place for the kids? Is the yard clean and free of dangerous objects? Is the fence in good repair? If there is a pool area, is it secure and supplies with lifesaving equipment including rescue floatation devices? Are the sharp yard tools locked up securely in the garage area in a gardening shed? The home backyard can be a fun focal point for a family and being prepared will make it much safer and enjoyable.
Items for a backyard safety list:
- Make sure grills and fire pits adhere to National Fire Protection Association guidelines
- Have rules and safety devices in for pool area
- Check playsets and make sure they are secure
- Secure gardening supplies and tools from children and pets
- Identify and remove any loose limbs or trees
- Check all stairs, steps, and walkways are sturdy, not slippery
- Secure all chemicals
- Inspect all outside electrical outlets and sources
- Check all safety latches and gates
Essential Items For The Home. Some items are essential to keep stocked in the home. There are ordinary basics like food and water. But what are other items often overlooked but in certain circumstances may be critical? These items may not only make this homemade life more pleasant but help the family survive under severe circumstances. Violent weather, unexpected flooding, even pandemics can place a burden on the home and the more prepared the home is better life will be.
Items are often forgotten or overlooked to stock at home:
- Hand sanitizers and disinfectants
- Food grade storage containers
- Five-gallon buckets for water or waste collection
- High strength plastic trash bags
- Paper and plastic cutlery
- Paper, pens, pencils, and games
- Bug and mosquito repellents
- Extra clothing
- Personal hygiene items
The home is more important than ever for the fulfillment of family life. With all the confusion in the world, home is the sanctuary, where one feels secure, loved, and confident being protected. We hope this article provides some insight on how to ensure this homemade life will be as prepared as possible for tomorrow and help you feel more comfortable.