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Home ownership is no joke. From the down payment to the insurance to the actual maintenance, it can be a taxing and time-consuming process. I have been a homeowner a few years now and I am constantly surprised by my learning curve. Lawn care! Vent cleaning! Humidity assessment! Why don’t they teach these things in school?! Admittedly, my windows may be a bit grimy, but there is one home essential that I am not going to neglect… an emergency escape plan. And you shouldn’t neglect it either! That’s why I have teamed up with First Alert to offer up the basics you need to put together an emergency escape plan and kit.
After surviving my fair share of emergencies, there is one thing that I find to be true… you can never be too prepared. Emergencies don’t happen on a timed schedule. They will occur when you least expect them and that’s why you have to have a plan. This is especially true if you have children.
My daughter has just started pre-school and with that milestone has come the piece of mind that she is now old enough to follow directions. So with the help of First Alert and their reliable line of products, my family has put together an emergency kit to “Practice. Plan. Repeat.” with my child. Follow along to create a plan with your family…
First and foremost, make sure you home is secured with all the emergency essentials and protection your home needs. This includes First Alert Smoke Alarms, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Fire Extinguishers, and even an Escape Ladder.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends installing smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside and outside each sleeping area. My husband and I realized when going over this recommendation that we didn’t have smoke alarms outside of every bedroom. So we made sure to install them to cover all our “blind” spots.
Carbon monoxide truly terrifies me because it is a silent killer. That’s why alarms should be installed just as prominently as smoke alarms… every level, every bedroom. This is where First Alert is absolutely fabulous, since they offer Smoke & Carbon Monoxide combination alarms. They also offer these quite stylish tabletop Carbon Monoxide alarms that I placed around my house…
Once the alarms are installed, your job is not over. Set an alert on your phone to test the batteries every 6 months or upgrade to First Alert 10-year sealed battery alarms. The sealed battery products are fantastic because they eliminate the need for battery replacements for the life of the alarm.
And don’t forget about the fire extinguishers! I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I have had to use fire extinguishers a few times in my life… all due to kitchen disasters of my own making. Are cakes supposed to be smoky? For fire extinguishers, it’s pretty much the same rule as the alarms… every level, every room.
And lastly, if you live in a two story homes, do yourself a favor and get a First Alert emergency escape ladder. If your only option to get out of the house in an emergency is through a second story window, then you’re going to thank the heavens you have this ladder.
Your home is now secure, so what is next? The plan! Emergencies happen unexpectedly and can be quite scary. If you and your family have a plan and you practice it, then that’s one less thing to worry about when time is of the essence. First, download this helpful First Alert Escape Plan PDF below and draw out a map of your home. Make sure all the doors and windows are clearly marked.
Next go through the map with your family and make sure that everyone knows the escape points.
Next have a meeting spot outside the home, that is a safe distance away. Since we live on a corner (and my daughter isn’t yet allowed to cross the street), we picked the manhole on the corner sidewalk as an easy landmark for my daughter to remember.
Next, set another alert on your phone to practice the emergency escape plan at least twice a year. I also highly recommend picking up some ice cream as a special treat at the end. Trust me, your kids will remember the plan a lot clearer with the promise of ice cream at the end.
Lastly, “Plan. Practice. Repeat.” And if I can add a fourth rule at the end, “Ice Cream.” Seriously, Pavlov was onto something. Visit First Alert’s Escape Planning site here for all the home essentials you’ll need to keep your family safe.