As a homeowner, you always want to be prepared. Here are five home safety devices you should have:
1. Fire extinguishers. Put one on every floor of your home, plus
an extra in the kitchen where the vast majority of home fires start.
Multi-purpose A-B-C extinguishers put out all types of fires. Check and
recharge when the pressure gauge drops. You'll even get a discount from some
2. Upstairs escape ladders. Put one under a window in each
upstairs bedroom. Practice deploying them.
3. Wireless water alarms. Place under sinks, behind the
refrigerator, anywhere water will collect if there's a leak.
4. Automatic shutoff valve for water heater. This cuts off the
water supply as soon as it senses a leak.
5. Sump pump alarm. Alerts you to a rapidly rising water level
that could mean a flood.
If a disaster hits, here are 10 key items for a home emergency kit. Keep them
in a waterproof plastic bin in an easily accessible place.
1. Battery-operated lantern. Throws more illumination than a
flashlight and is much safer than candles.
2. Radio/phone charger. Get one with a hand crank for
3. Multi-tool. Make sure it includes a can opener and
4. Mylar blanket. This shiny silver sheet is remarkably warm, yet
lightweight, and folds up compactly.
5. Nylon rope. Handy for tying down outdoor furniture and
6. Fishing line. This is a very strong way to secure items when
rope is too thick.
7. Duct tape. Nothing is as versatile for quick temporary
8. Vinyl tablecloth. Spread it out anywhere to create a
9. Baby wipes. These are great for removing dirt and grime from
your hands or almost any surface.
10. Work gloves. Use these to protect your hands during