Did you know that most emergencies happen at home? Household emergencies can happen anytime, so it's important for you and your family to know what to do when minutes matter. Here are a few resources to help you talk to your family and prepare for potential emergencies.
Many household emergencies are preventable, so it is important to assess and manage risk factors in your home. And the first step in being prepared is understanding and recognizing potential risks, as well as the most common types of emergencies.
The five leading causes of household injury or death in the United States are:
Just as every family is different, so is every family's home risk assessment. To help prevent an emergency, families may consider:
Having a conversation with your family about risk factors in your home can help prepare and prevent emergencies. Start by asking, “What are the risks in our home?" Walk together through each room and list any potential hazards. For instance, does your family:
Make note of the risks and be sure to take preventive actions. That could mean checking air flow around space heaters; replacing worn extension cords; securing heavy furniture to walls; installing handrails; and modeling attentiveness and safe practices when cooking on an open flame.
Don't forget to consider potential hazards in the yard:
You will be able to help your family members prepare to handle household emergencies by learning basic emergency preparedness skills yourself.
Here are some articles about the things you can do to help in an emergency:
Children as young as 5 years old have successfully called 911 and helped save a family member's life. Children can start learning the basics of chest compressions and bleeding control at young ages – and many already do as part of scouting groups, babysitting classes, and health education in schools.
The first few minutes of an emergency often predict the outcome. By knowing how to respond, or what or do, you have the power to potentially save a life.
Another way to prepare for emergencies is by creating a plan:
When you and your family know what to do during an emergency, you can act quickly and with more confidence when time is critical. Learning emergency preparedness skills can help you or a family member save a life.