Oftentimes, when we think about tragic events like a fire or home invasion, we think “that is so sad or terrifying...but it would never happen to me”.
I hope that every person reading this never has to go through an event like that. The fact of the matter is, we should always be prepared in case it does.
I very rarely regret life decisions since I know it creates growth and moments of learning. One thing I am sure I would regret though is anything safety-related that could have been prevented. The list below is full of items that help with prevention and safety within your home.
I encourage you to take a look at this list and evaluate the needs within your home. Even if you start small and progressively work your way up to obtaining all of the items. The effort is worth the value of the safety and security of your home and family!
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Even though this may seem like an obvious first one, many people do not take the time or effort to actually buy a fire extinguisher (or two) for their house. Even in my 1000-square foot apartment, I have two fire extinguishers.
They are easily accessible and relatively inexpensive. Especially when you compare it to the cost-savings of the damage a fire can cause.
My Recommendation: First Alert 1038789 Standard Home Fire Extinguisher. Get it here!
Fire Escape Ladder
This is for anyone and everyone who lives in a multiple-story home. In the case of a major fire, the last thing you want to worry about is having to escape; let alone from the second story of a building.
Safety experts recommend that you have two exits from every room of your house. In the event of a fire, you should never assume you can exit from your door. That could be the last line of defense from the fire blazing outside of your room.
You should have a ladder in each room with a window on the second story. Although this was a little more of an investment, it is worth having one in each room of my apartment.
My Recommendation: Kidde 468193 KL-2S Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder with Anti-Slip Rungs, 13-Foot. Get it here!
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon monoxide gas (CO) is odorless, colorless, and very poisonous. This gas is completely undetectable without an alarm. Any heat-producing appliance will produce CO, therefore a detector can be a huge indicator that something is not working correctly.
Most often, people do not know that they have carbon monoxide poisoning until it is too late. The seemingly normal symptoms like headaches, nausea, or dizziness can deter from realizing the actual issue. This is why a detector is so important.
CO detectors are very loud and can be heard around any part of a house. I can promise you they will wake you up in a dead sleep. Nowadays, newer smoke alarms can have CO detectors included. But unless all of your smoke alarms do, I would still recommend getting a specific carbon monoxide detector.
My Recommendation: Kidde Nighthawk Plug-In AC/DC Carbon Monoxide Alarm Detector with Digital Display KN-COPP-3. Get it here!
I was introduced to this at a young age. I became so used to having one that it seemed weird to me that other families did not have one. Especially with how inexpensive they are!
Door braces come in many forms - a small floor/wall jam or a removable stick placed under the door handle. These braces use the force of the wall or floor they are placed on to withstand tremendous force.
Although you may think “that would never happen to me”, being prepared in case of a home invasion is very important. A door brace is one more line of defense for your family and home. It is a great security addition, especially if you do not have an alarm system.
My Recommendation: Master Lock 265D Door Security Bar. Get it here!
This is one that I did not realize the value until I moved into my own place. I knew I have a lot of important documents. Therefore, putting them in a little plastic folder or binder on my desk was not going to cut it.
Birth certificates, social security cards, a marriage license, estate planning documents, etc. are just a few examples of items that would require a massive undertaking to get back. Just imagine the time I would have to spend to do that made it worth it to get a safe.
Documents are of course just one type of item that you could store in a safe. Really anything you find of major value or irreplaceable should be in a safe. Safes come in many shapes and sizes, so there are types for every need. Check the ratings and that it is fireproof. Then, be sure to hide the keys in a safe place!
Bonus: Renter’s Insurance
This one was not originally part of the list, but upon thinking further into safety, I realized financial safety is (almost) just as important as your physical safety. Surviving a difficult home situation is already enough of a taxing event; you should not have to worry about an additional financial burden if that happens.
When I moved into my apartment, I bought a renter’s insurance policy for less than $200 for the year. I found that to be so inexpensive...and there were even cheaper plans than that! I was able to bundle with my auto insurance provider for an added discount. For a fraction of my monthly rent cost, I insured my space and valuables for the WHOLE YEAR!
Many apartment complexes make tenants obtain a renter’s policy upon signing/moving in. If that is not the case and you have the choice, I cannot recommend renter's insurance enough. This small investment is minimal in comparison to what it could save you in the event of an emergency.
My Recommendation: Progressive Renter's Insurance