Checklist: 8 essential items for your home emergency kit
With winter rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how best to prepare your home and family if worse comes to worst.
Whilst it might seem like an extreme measure to some, every home should have a home emergency kit. With luck, you’ll never need to use it. But you can never be over-prepared, plus once it’s done – it’s done. You don’t have to think about it again, until a time when you need it. Then you’ll thank yourself!
24|7 Home Rescue have put together some essential ingredients that should be in every home emergency kit, but always consider the specific needs of your family and include more items if need be, such as medication.
Keep plenty of water stashed in your kit. You’ll be surprised how much water your family actually consume, maybe not through drinking but also for sanitation. It’s recommend that you should store one gallon per person, per day (for at least three days).
2. Mobile phones
It needn’t be the latest iPhone, but invest in some (1 or 2) cheap mobile phones and SIM cards. Store them away in the kit with their chargers – then at least you can get in touch with other relatives and/or the emergency services if need be. With them, keep a list of emergency contact numbers or store them in the phone’s address book. If you have cover with us, note down our contact number: 0345 077 4177.
3. First aid kit
Basic items such as plasters, dressing and bandages are invaluable in home emergencies. It’s possible that someone maybe injured and first aid is the best temporary measure to stop bleeding or further harm and until it’s dealt with by a professional. You can buy them from most pharmacies or make one of your own.
Put a pair of pliers or a wrench aside for your home emergency kit – it’ll come in handy if you need to turn off any utilities such as gas and water supplies in your home.
An obvious ingredient to your kit. Again, it’s recommended that you plan for at least 3 days’ worth of supplies. Make sure it’s non-perishable food – you have no idea how long it’ll be until you need to use your kit. You don’t want to open it to find mouldy fruit or bread! Some examples of suitable food for your kit are; pasta, noodles, cereal bars, nuts and dried fruit. Also, if you have pets, don’t forget to include their food either!
If you don’t have spare keys to your home and car it’s worth getting some cut especially for your home emergency kit. You may need to take refuge in the car or get somewhere urgently, such as a hospital and don’t want to risk getting your original pair of keys if it’s potentially dangerous.
Keeping important documents safe in your home emergency kit is crucial. If you have home emergency cover or home insurance keep a copy of them together with things like your birth certificates. If you don’t have copies, keep a note of your cover plan details in case you need to ring them. To find out about our home emergency cover plans, click here.
8. Radio and torch
Make sure you include a battery powered or wind-up radio and torch(s) with plenty of spare batteries. Emergency radios allow you to receive weather and disaster alerts as well as keep you informed and connected with the authorities. Some more recent radios are even designed with a built-in torch.