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10 emergency items you should always have in your home

These 10 emergency items you should always have in your home.

Are you prepared for an emergency in your home? Make sure you’ve stocked up on these 10 items to ensure you and your family (and pets!) stay safe.

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1. First-aid kit

Make sure your kit has these basics: bandages, plasters, gauze pads, latex gloves, a salve for burns, antibiotic ointment, hand sanitisers, sunscreen and scissors.

2. Medication

In addition to the contents of your first-aid kit, store some extra prescription medication in case of a situation where you’re unable to get to the doctor’s rooms or pharmacy to renew your prescription. Also stock up on painkillers, antihistamines and contact lenses (and solution) if you use them.

3. Fire extinguisher

Rather than planning on what you will save from your burning house, why not invest in a fire extinguisher for your home?

4. Matches and candles

No electricity equals no lights; matches and candles are the quickest (if you keep them within reach) and cheapest way of solving the problem.

5. Torch and batteries

Even if you’ve got candles and matches, you can’t go wrong with a good-quality torch and batteries as a backup. 

6. Canned food (and an opener!)

Stock up on at least three days’ worth of nonperishable foods such as canned vegetables, meat and fruit, as well as energy snacks. And don’t forget the tin opener!

7. Pet supplies

Keep your pet’s wellbeing in mind the same way you would your own. Ensure that you have enough pet food and water for your pets, and any medicine they might need.

8. Whistle

Seriously. If you’re stuck and need to attract attention, this little instrument can save your life.

9. Spare blankets

Having extra dry blankets will help you to stay warm in extreme situations, aggravated by cold or wet conditions.

10. Emergency contact list and copies of documents

Being informed or able to share information will help you stay safe. Make sure you have a contact list with essential details that are readily available to whoever might be in your house at any given time.

Make sure these are on your list:

  • Doctor (phone number and address)
  • Dentist (phone number and address)
  • Vet (phone number and address)
  • Your closest emergency room/hospital
  • Police, ambulance, neighbourhood watch
  • Alarm company
  • Water and electricity provider
  • Locksmith

Also ensure that you have copies of your identity document, driver’s licence, passport, insurance documents and your will, as well as a list of your bank-account numbers and details.

Photo: iStock/iTle


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