Preparing Your Arizona Home for an Emergency: A Room-by-Room Guide

About 45% of home fires are caused by leaving cooking equipment unattended. Another common cause is the careless use of lit cigarettes. Even if you are careful, you need to prepare for these as well as natural disasters by strategically placing emergency supplies in every room of your home.

What You need Throughout the House

In every room, you are advised to place a flashlight or battery-operated lantern. You also will want to store extra batteries in as many locations as possible in their original packaging.

You also need at least one fire extinguisher and smoke alarm on every floor, especially in the kitchen. First aid supplies should be at least stored in the bathroom. If you have space, you also will want to place them in hallway closets, kitchen pantries, living rooms and bedrooms. You also will want to keep a list of emergency contacts on hand throughout the home at least one extra way to communicate.

Emergency Supplies for Each Room

Bedroom – In addition to having an emergency flashlight, you also might want to keep a spare blanket and extra shoes or clothing in a fire-proof and water-resistance chest. An emergency escape ladder could also help you if you sleep on the upper floor.

Bathroom – This is one of the prime locations for storing emergency supplies. Place bandages, antiseptics such as peroxide, gauze and other supplies in a clean, dry cabinet. Keep extra hygiene supplies in here as well just in case of a natural disaster that causes a power outage.

Living Room – This is a great place to store an emergency radio, extra phones (particularly a landline phone in case cell phone service is interrupted), and emergency contacts.

Kitchen/Dining Room – This is one place where you might most need first aid supplies and the fire extinguisher. However, you are advised to keep at least three to five days’ worth of food here.

Basement or Pantry – You could place additional food, water hygiene supplies and other extras to help you make it through just in case you have no power in your home. It also would be wise to store an extra copy of emergency contacts in this area.

Some insurance companies might require that you have a minimum amount of precautionary equipment before you receive homeowner’s coverage. Contact a Lifetime Investments agent today to find out how to protect your lifetime investments from disasters.