Ways to Have your Kitchen Ready for Emergencies
Our kitchens are the heart of our homes. They are the most used room in the house in many cases. So it makes sense to have your kitchen set up as a one stop port of call for practical items other than just food. Things like candles, torches and a place to keep spare batteries in case of emergencies are a common occurrence in many households.
If you like to plan ahead to make sure that you and your family are geared up for any emergency, here are some simple ways to make sure your kitchen is safe and prepared for whatever comes your way.
Make Your Own Emergency Kit
An emergency supply kit is something that will have you ready and prepared for any situation. Pack an emergency supply kit and keep it handy in your kitchen that will have special needs items for every member of the family including pets. Make sure that everyone knows where this kit is located and can reach it.
Put in things like cell phone charges, bottled water, small medical supplies like plasters and bandages, food, camping plates and utensils, special medical items like an asthma pump if a family member requires it, certified copies of important documents like birth certificates, toothbrushes and warm as well as wet weather gear and perhaps even some blankets.
Rehearse A Backup And Emergency Plan
Speak to your family about what to do in the event of a disaster. Explain to them what to do if there is an earthquake or tornado and make sure everybody knows what to do. If everybody is asleep – make sure that they know how to get out of their rooms safely and how to get another family member out of danger and to safety. Under times of extreme stress, these simple measures could save lives.
Leave a list in the kitchen of the outline of the backup plan. It is heartbreaking to read about children in fires who hide in wardrobes because they do not know what to do. It is always prudent to talk about what needs to be done in an emergency; just like how you talk to your kids about what to do if they are ever lost in a public place.
Torches and Batteries Need A Place In Your Kitchen
Batteries and torches are often stuffed away in the bottom of drawers or are hidden away in the back of cupboards and more often than not – never in the same place when you need them. Allocate a drawer or a space in your kitchen that is out of reach of small kids and teenagers who never put anything back where they are supposed to.
Make sure that there are always some spare batteries in case your other ones are on their last legs. The same goes for torches – have a spare one in the drawer just in case –because torches are like cats, one is never enough.
Backup Gas Supply
LPG backup tanks can be kept in your kitchen for those occasions when the power is cut off or the gas supply is cut off. If there is some really bad weather, you don’t want to be without an alternative cooking source at the very least; especially when nobody is sure when you can be reconnected with a power source again.
These tanks are very handy to have and can be stored safely in a suitable cupboard or allocated storage space for unplanned incidences or times of emergency. A backup generator may be used if your power is knocked out, but keeping a backup generator in your kitchen may be overkill.
Shutting Off Your Utilities
Every family member, including your kids, need to know where the mains are in the home for gas, electricity and the main points are for the water supply.
The emergency points are used for shutting off these utilities in the event of an emergency and everyone needs to know how to operate them and needs to have been shown how to shut them off just in case there is an emergency situation.