Follow the tips below to make sure you and your family knows what to do in case of a fire, earthquake, or flood.

Fire Prevention

According to the Red Cross if a fire begins in your home you may only have 2 minutes to escape your home, so it is very important that you are alerted when a fire begins. Install fire alarms on every level of your home, inside and outside of bedrooms and make sure to test them every month and replace the batteries twice a year or if they stop working. A good way to remember when it’s time to replace batteries is to replace them batteries when you change the clock forward and back for daylight savings time.

Make sure you talk to all of the members of your household about a fire escape plan. Everyone should know two ways to escape the house and where to meet once outside. Also, have everyone practice safe escape methods, which include feeling the door handles carefully before opening the door. If the handle is hot don’t open the door. If the handle is cool and safe to touch, open the door slowly. If fire is present close the door immediately and find another way out, using your second escape route. Low crawl if there is smoke present, as smoke is dangerous but it tends to rise.

And finally if there is a fire GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL FOR HELP. Fire moves fast, burns hot, and can be deadly.

Earthquake Preparedness

An earthquake can strike suddenly, without any warning, at any time of the year. Be Earthquake Ready by having following these tips from the Red Cross:

·         Make sure you have a safe place in your home, work, and/or school. The safe place could be under a piece of furniture or next to an interior wall away from windows and heavy objects that can fall on you.

·         Make sure to have a flashlight near the bed in case the earthquake happens while you are sleeping.

·         Do not hang heavy items over beds or couches, as they may fall during a earthquake.

·         Use wall studs to bolt tall and furniture to the wall.

·         Use strong latches on cabinets to prevent items from spilling out. Larger items should be closer to the floor.

·         Learn how to shut off gas valves in your home and keep a wrench or gas turn-off key nearby.

You should also build an emergency preparedness kit in case you find yourself without water, electricity, or phone service during a natural disaster.

Some important items your emergency preparedness kit should include are:

·         Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

·         Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

·         Emergency Crank Radios

·         Extra batteries

·         Medications (7-day supply) and medical items

·         First Aid Kit

·         Earthquake Furniture Straps

·         Multi-purpose hand tools

·         Tarps

·         Cell phone with chargers

·         Emergency blankets

·         Flashlights

·         Extra cash

·         Copies of personal documents and medical history

If you have questions about putting together your emergency preparedness kit for your family or your business, our friendly and helpful staff at our 4 locations will help you find everything you’ll need.

Flood prevention

If you live in an area that is at risk for flooding, follow these steps to reduce your risks of property damage and personal injury.

·         Flood proof structures by elevating the furnace, water heater, air conditioner and other utilities.

·         Install “check valves” in sewer traps to prevent floodwater back ups.

·         Construct interior barriers to stop low-level floodwater from entering your basement.

·         Seal basement walls with waterproofing compound to avoid seepage.

·         Remove any important papers or possessions from the basement.

·         Back up important computer files and store them in offsite or cloud backup.

·         Have an emergency preparedness kit in case you have to evacuate your home.

Remember, Friedman’s will activate their Emergency Flood Program when flooding occurs in our community.  Customers can receive up to 20 free sandbags each Friedman’s Home Improvement locations in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Ukiah and Petaluma.   Start preparing now to ensure your best chance of withstanding a any natural disaster. If you need any help with any of the suggestion here please visit one of our four locations and talk to one of our Expert Advisors.