Buying a new home is an exciting and stressful experience. Between thinking about how you’re going to decorate to deciding which movers are right for you, preparing for emergencies could be the last thing on your mind. Here are 5 items you need to have in your new home before you move in.
- A fire extinguisher. A fire can happen at any time. Making sure you have a fire extinguisher in a place that is easily accessed can be the key to your family’s safety. Also, go through each room and replace the batteries in the smoke detectors.
- A fully stocked first-aid kid. The Red Cross recommends a first aid instruction manual, non-latex gloves, bandages of several sizes and types, antiseptic wipes, tweezers and sharp scissors.
- From your fire alarms to your flash lights, batteries still come in handy in today’s rechargeable world. Head to the store and grab a few packs of AA, AAA and D batteries. Find a place to store them where everyone can get to them if needed.
- Emergency preparation sheet. You may not know the neighbors yet so it’s a good time to come up with a communication plan for you or your children in case of an emergency. Include you, your spouse’s and a close family member or friend’s numbers, and also the National Poison Hotline (1-800-222-1222), Police, and Fire Department. If you are moving to a completely new area, be sure to add the numbers for your new doctors and dentist as you get them.
- A safety plan. Pick a “safe room” to be used during tornados or other emergencies. An interior room, closet or bathroom would be ideal. Be sure to remind your children to take the safest exit in case of a fire and show them exactly which choices they have available. If you have multiple floors in your new home, invest in an escape ladder.