5 Inexpensive Must Have Safety Gear Products for Your Home
It’s easy to fall into a false sense of security in today’s world. It’s easy to think that the electrical power will always stay on or you’ll never have a fire.
But we all know any type of emergency could happen at any time. So instead of worrying about potential emergencies all of the time, make sure you’re prepared for emergencies. Then you can return to your false sense of security, knowing in the back of your mind that you’re prepared.
We’ve put together a list of inexpensive must have safety gear, listing the five items that you should have in your home, just in case you need them.
Yes, duct tape belongs on this list. (No snickering.)
Duct tape can provide a temporary fix to a hole in an air mattress or a tent. It can fix a hole in clothing or in shoes. It can keep a window together that’s been cracked. It even will work as a makeshift bandage if needed.
Sure, using duct tape to fix things can be a crude method. But it works. And in an emergency, having something work is more important than making it pretty.
A smoke detector keeps your family safe from fire when you’re asleep, so this is a piece of safety gear everyone needs.
We like the affordable Kidde i4618 Firex detector, as it can be hardwired into your home’s electronics (with a battery backup). Or if you need a battery-only smoke alarm, the Kidde i9040 is a great choice.
One final thing to note with smoke detectors. These devices only will last about 10 years before they need to be replaced. The detector won’t give you a warning that it is no longer effective either. So if you have 10-year-old smoke detectors at your home — or older — replace them, as they could be ineffective.
A fire extinguisher should be able to fight Class A, B, and C fires at a minimum, as these are the most common types of fires (paper/wood/trash, flammable liquid, and electrical).
Having a fire extinguisher is important for safety. Yes, you should follow the advice of firefighters and call 9-1-1 immediately when you see a fire. But you could use the fire extinguisher on a small fire after you call emergency officials. Make sure that you have an exit plan before you begin using the extinguisher, and fight the fire with the exit at your back.
Having a flashlight available is important to provide safety for your family in a variety of emergency situations, whether you’ve lost power or you need a bit of extra light to perform a repair task.
This 4-pack of LED Emergency Handheld Flashlights is inexpensive and can be positioned all over your home in case of a blackout. These flashlights include multiple light modes, while also being weather, water, and shock resistant.
A first aid kit is important to have available for your home, as it provides a variety of items you may need in an emergency.
We like the affordable Swiss Safe 2-in-1 First Aid Kit. It measures only 9 by 3 by 6 inches, so it’ll fit almost anywhere. And it carries 120 different items, including bandages, tweezers, safety pins, an instant ice pack, and other survival tools.
It also ships with a 32-piece mini first aid kit that you could place in your car’s glove box.
Once you’ve put together a collection of must have safety gear products for your home, it’s important to have an area to store the gear that’s easy to access.
Additionally, check the gear on a regular basis, making sure it’s all in working order and that none of it needs to be replenished or replaced.