September is emergency preparedness month, which means that now is the best time to think about your home, your family, and your safety.
Here are 5 things you should take some time to think about during Emergency Preparedness Month this September:
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors: This may seem like a no-brainer to you, but it is extremely important to make sure that the smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors in your home are functioning properly with regular test and battery changes. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends changing the batteries in your smoke alarm every 6 months and running a test at least once a month. If you haven’t changed the batteries or run a test on the detectors in your home in quite a while, take some time this month to give them a check for your family’s protection and your peace of mind.
- Important documents and paperwork: Are all of your important documents accounted for and in one safe and easy to access place? We recommend investing in a fire and weather-proof safe to hold all of the documents and paperwork that would be difficult or impossible to replace in the event of an emergency.
- Flashlights, lanterns, and candles: Make sure your home is well-stocked with flashlights, candles, or lanterns, as well as plenty of batteries in case of an extended power outage. Especially during hurricane and storm season, it’s important to make sure you have easy access to secondary light sources in the event of a power outage in your area.
- Food and water: Do an inventory of your pantry items. Would your family be well stocked in the event of an emergency that required you to shelter in place? It’s always a good idea to have a two-week supply of food and water for each member of your family readily available in case of an emergency.
- Emergency Plan: Does your family have an emergency plan? It’s a good idea to talk together about what you will do as a family in case of an emergency. This may include going over emergency preparedness procedures like packing a bag of necessary supplies, creating a spot to meet if you are separated, what to do in case of a fire in your home, and more.
At New American Insurance, we’re here to help you prepare for emergencies and worst-case scenarios. Creating action steps now can help you and your loved ones be better prepared and stay safe in your home. Life is unpredictable, and every homeowner should make plans and think about the basics for every “worst-case scenario.”