Creating an Effective Home Safety Plan

May 6, 2013

The safety of your family is one of your top concerns. One of the most practical ways to keep them safe is to have an effective home safety plan in place and to practice it so that every member of your family knows exactly what to do to stay safe.

Escaping Your Home

There are times when it is necessary to flee your home. Having a clear route planned, as well as back up options and a plan of what to do when you get out of the house, including where to meet, is necessary. It is particularly important to practice this type of plan in order to get it down pat, so that if it is necessary, even children can escape quickly and without endangering themselves further. Practicing escape drills on a regular basis will give you the peace of mind that if your family needed to evacuate, they would know how to do it.

The Threat of Fire

All of the members of your household need to know where the fire extinguishers are kept in your house. Young family members should be taught what not to do to cause a fire. Everyone should understand that in case of a fire the most important thing is to get out, get help, and alert others. The drills you do with your family about escaping your home would also be very useful as a fire drill.

Handling Home Intrusion

If you or another family member were at home and someone tried to break in, do you have a plan in place of what you would do? If not, take the time to discuss it and plan out good hiding places in different parts of the home. Make sure that if you have a home security system that everyone knows how to activate the alarm. Everyone, including small children, should also know to immediately call 911.

Injury or Accident

When injury or accidents occur in your home, it is important to have a plan in place to deal with them. Have first aid kits placed in easy to access locations, in bathrooms or kitchens ideally, where many accidents actually occur. Talk to all family members about what to do and what not to do if someone is hurt. Ensure that your street address is taped to the bottom of all phones so that if a babysitter or a guest needs to call 911, the information is at their fingertips.

Severe Weather

Depending on where you live, there are many environmental factors that can contribute to the safety of your home. Whether you are at risk for tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes or bad snowstorms, you must include dealing with such factors in your home safety plan. Be sure that all members of your home are aware of the location of emergency supplies and where to go in case of an emergency. This information could save a life.

Practice, communication, and preparation are the keys to an effective home safety plan. Put yours together and share it with everyone concerned today for a safer, more prepared household.