Invest in Safety – It will SAVE You Money
June is National Safety Month
You may think that having all of the proper safety equipment needed in your home or business is an expensive undertaking, but in reality, it could save you money, precious time, and even somebody’s life in the long-run. Take the safety of your family and your employees seriously.
In an emergency situation, fast response time can mean the difference between a little fire damage and a complete loss of a building, or the difference between an injury and loss of life. Having the right equipment and proper training is essential, so work with a safety equipment company to ensure you have fire extinguishers, first aid kits and AED units in the right places.
Be Prepared When a Fire Ignites
It is not something you think about, but 7 people die in a house fire every day. So many more fires damage or destroy homes without injury. Having the right fire extinguishers in the right rooms, and knowing how to use them properly, can prevent severe structural damage and save lives.
Don’t just set it and forget it! Make sure you have the right fire extinguishers, and remember that they will need regular maintenance or replacement.
Home Fire Safety Checklist:
Fire Extinguishers – One on each floor, including one placed in the kitchen and garage.
Fire extinguishers should be tested on a regular schedule according to manufacturer instructions
Replace Fire Extinguishers when necessary.
Rescue Ladders – If you have a second floor or live in a second floor apartment.
Escape Routes – Show family members 2 ways to get out of your home on each floor.
Meeting Place – Select a place for the family to gather in case of fire so you will know if all occupants are out of the house.
Disaster Can Hit at Any Time
You cannot control when Mother Nature hits Iowa with floods, blizzards, thunderstorms or tornadoes, but you can make sure your family is prepared for anything. You will need food and water to sustain you, blankets and other equipment just in case you are stuck in cold or dark conditions, need to shut off utilities or remove a door, or signal for help if you are unable to get out of wreckage.
First Aid Checklist for Your Home:
Water bottles equaling 1 gallon per person per day for 3 days
High Protein, non-perishable foods – Peanut butter, tuna, granola bars, baby formula if applicable
Battery powered radio and extra batteries
Flashlights and extra batteries
First aid kit – See Red Cross Checklist
Basic Tool Kit
Hand Sanitizer, wet wipes and garbage bags for sanitation
A whistle to signal to rescuers if you are stuck and cannot be seen
Blankets for each person
Don’t Forget Your Car
Car trouble and accidents happen, and being prepared could be the difference between getting help fast, or even life and death. If you get stranded in the cold or in a remote location, you will want to be sure to have bottled water, something to snack on and a blanket and snow boots. See a full list emergency checklist for your car.
Whether you need new fire extinguishers or want them tested, want regular first aid kit maintenance, or have employees who need safety equipment training, Hawkeye Fire & Safety provide great service on any type of safety equipment you need in your home or business.