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7 Emergency Preparedness Tips for Your Household

October 1, 2015 1:39 am

It’s never too soon to prepare for an emergency. According to The Red Cross, one of the most common emergencies faced by families every day is a home fire – but unlike other disasters, home fires can often be prevented.

To stay safe, The Red Cross recommends these tips:


• Check existing smoke alarms and make sure to install one on every floor, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.


• Practice fire drills at home several times a year to reduce evacuation time to less than two minutes and pick a place to meet outside.

• Fire escape plans should include two ways to get out of every room; consider escape ladders for bedrooms and homes on the second floor or above.

Additionally, every household should at least have the basics in place:

• Put together an emergency preparedness kit that contains food, water and other basic supplies to last at least three days.

• Ensure each kit includes essential medicines, copies of important documents and special items for children and pets.

• Plan to stay safe and communicate during disasters. Decide what to do if your family becomes separated or needs to evacuate.


• Coordinate plans with your place of employment and your child’s school, and know local emergency plans. Understand and be informed on the disasters that affect your local area and how to access guidance and information during an emergency.

“Preparedness is an ‘all of us’ activity, not just something for emergency preparedness professionals. There are simple things families can do now to prevent emergencies and make their lives better in the aftermath of a disaster,” says Russ Paulsen, Executive Director, Community Preparedness and Resilience Services for The Red Cross.

Source: The Red Cross

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Is Your Home Under-Insulated?

October 1, 2015 1:39 am

A home’s best defense against energy loss is its insulation - but an astounding 90 percent of homes today are under-insulated, according to a recent North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) report. An under-insulated home wastes energy and money, and decreases overall comfort.



“The fall is when many homeowners around the country begin thinking about home improvements to increase comfort and reduce their energy bills as temperatures drop come winter,” says Curt Rich, president and CEO of NAIMA. “Research like this should reinforce our message to homeowners, and to policymakers, that added insulation has real and significant benefits.



“People don’t see insulation, so they don’t think about it,” continues Rich. “They see windows and doors, so they think about those items. The reality is that insulation has a three times greater impact on the average home’s energy and comfort than windows or doors do.”

Rich encourages homeowners to assess their insulation needs by first inspecting their attics. Increasing insulation in your own home can have widespread impact.



“If all U.S. homes were fitted with insulation based on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), residential electricity use nationwide would drop by about 5 percent and natural gas use by more than 10 percent,” says Dr. Jonathan Levy, professor of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health and a lead researcher on the subject.



Source: NAIMA

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