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From fire breakouts to power outages, have you ever experienced a home emergency and had no idea what to do? You see, such home emergencies can happen any time and it’s best to be prepared.

But if you’ve just recently started living alone, you might be a bit confused about preparing for such unfortunate circumstances. That is exactly where we come in. This article will tell you five items that can be used to deal with any home emergency.

THE FIVE ITEMS YOU NEED FOR HOME EMERGENCIES

Non-perishable food

We all remember how big of a nightmare it was to even go to the grocery store during the lockdown. It was here that non-perishable foods became our knights in shining armor. These are food items that can be stored for a long time without going bad, though they might lose some quality. Stuff like canned soup and spices is something you should definitely have in your house because you never know when you may be unable to make a trip to the store.

First aid kit

Though this should go without saying, there are countless people out there who don’t have a first aid kit in their homes. These are extremely important for any minor or even more significant medical issues or injuries, especially when you might not be able to rush to a hospital in time. To deal with such emergencies, your first aid kit should contain bandages, gauzes, tourniquets, and painkillers.

Portable generator

With frequent thunderstorms and tornadoes, there’s no way to tell when the electricity may go out. This is why it’s important to have a portable generator. These are different from usual standby generators because they do not have to be permanently installed and can be moved easily. Portable generators are powered by gasoline and can be life savers when the electricity goes out.

Whistles

This may sound unusual but hear us out. Imagine you’re facing an emergency, such as fire and have no way to leave the house. You need to call for help but how? A phone may come in handy, but it’s always good to have a backup. This is why you should have flares or whistles in your home which can be used to signal for help when all other methods fail.

Fire extinguisher

Many of us cook at home, and many of us aren’t any good at it. In such scenarios, a fire can always break out and can cause extreme panic and anxiety. Unfortunately, help may not always arrive on time and it can be difficult to get out of a house getting embraced by flames. This is why we believe it’s extremely important to have a fire extinguisher at your home. If you’re not sure how to use one, a Youtube tutorial can go a long way.

FINAL THOUGHTS

When it comes to emergencies, you can never be too prepared. Apart from these five items, there are also many other things you should always keep at your home. Have you ever faced a home emergency and not known how to deal with it? Let us know in the comments!

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