During these trying times, many things are uncertain and our minds are plagued with anxiety and negativity. Hence, it’s all the more important that we engage in activities that can help us achieve a sense of peace. Securing your home is a great way to keep your worries at bay, especially during times of widespread unrest. To get you started, here’s a list of five emergency essentials your home should definitely have:
First aid kit
According to the most recent report by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), about 6,000 people die in home accidents while 2.7 million visit their local accident and emergency departments to seek help every year. It is then extremely important that all UK households have a first aid kit for the immediate treatment of any injury. When making your very own first aid kit, the NHS advises homeowners to include a variety of plaster and sterile dressings, bandages, a digital thermometer, painkillers, antihistamine, antiseptic cream and emergency supplies of any maintenance medicine you and your family may need.
Emergency food stash
Current circumstances have highlighted how important it is for every home to have an emergency food stash able to sustain the whole family for a couple of weeks. As mentioned in our previous post ‘How to Spring Clean Your Living Habits’, it is always a good idea to stock up on food, especially healthy ones. Focus on food that requires no refrigeration, special cooking, or water, such as canned soup, stews, meat, fish, vegetables and fruits. It’s also best to include snacks like nuts, seeds, crackers and granola bars. Don’t forget to leave some space for some of your favourites because they can be effective morale boosters, especially during dire situations.
Coverage for essential repairs
When you least expect it, accidents like burst pipes and blocked drains can cause major problems in your home. HomeServe explains how plumbing, boiler, and heating coverage can help address these issues as soon as possible, particularly as most insurance policies also come with unlimited service calls and warranties on parts and repairs. If left unattended due to not being noticed or financial reasons, what seems like a small leak could eventually worsen and cause even more costly repairs in the future. In addition, the Environment Agency warns that England is at risk of water shortages due to overuse and leaks, so it’s crucial that we do our part as homeowners.
Smart lock and security system
Statista’s most recent report on burglaries noted that from 2018 to 2019, more than 422,000 burglaries happened in England and Wales. Fortunately, there has been a clear trend of declining burglary offences, thanks to the rise of smart locks and home security systems. Smart locks not only ensure that you come home to all of your belongings safe and sound but also remove the mental burden you probably don’t realise you’re carrying. It eliminates the need to constantly worry about where your keys are or if you remembered to lock the door when you left.
Homes are sanctuaries where we can take shelter and seek protection from the chaotic and dangerous outdoors, so it only makes sense that we’d want them to be as secure as possible. For more tips and tricks on how to improve your home life, explore the rest of what KiranSingh.net has to offer.