It’s surprising how many safety hazards exist in our homes. Cleaning chemicals, burning natural gas, molding food, running water—each of these poses a threat to your physical health and house safety. Here are the most common home emergencies and how to deal with them.
Kitchen Grease Fires
We cook with fire to heat, sear, and slow cook food. However, fire is unruly, and it can quickly turn from a cooking tool to a life-threatening hazard if you’re not careful. Kitchen grease fires are some of the most common home emergencies that cause devastating problems.
The thing about grease fires is that water doesn’t put them out. You must cover the fire and remove the oxygen source. The best method is to use a nearby metal lid from a pot.
Broken or Burst Pipes
We use water for all kinds of tasks at home. But water is a fickle friend and can quickly cause problems in your walls and floors if it’s stagnant for too long. Some common home emergencies result from broken or burst pipes. You can’t see the pipes through the wall, so it’s impossible to know whether you have a problem until it’s too late.
Imagine if your bathroom flooded—what do you do next? You’ll need to follow steps to remove the water, reduce the damage, and clear out all molding opportunities. Otherwise, you could be in for an expensive repair.
It may not immediately sound like a home emergency, but pest infestations are quite serious. No one wants to sleep in a home where rats scurry across the floorboards and bats call out signals all night long.
To get your pest infestation under control, you should research the animal-specific measures that professionals recommend for catching or killing the pests. Spraying ants is a much different approach than setting wood-and-metal mouse traps. If the problem persists, you’ll need to consult with a specialist who can eradicate the pest quickly and safely.
Remember these common home emergencies and how to deal with them so you’re ready the next time something happens. With ample preparation and safety precautions, you can have a fun and secure space to live your life each day and night.
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