As April dawns, you probably have some clever ideas for celebrating April Fool’s Day. As you do, make sure that you keep safety in mind, because April is Home Safety Month. To protect your family and your home in the coming month and beyond, read through this quick guide of safety tips.
- Turn Off Water: In an emergency like an earthquake, you can minimize damage by knowing how to shut off the water in your home. Fortunately, there is one shutoff valve that can enable you to quickly do that. Locate that valve before a disaster so you will be prepared. Generally, it is located near where the water supply enters your home (e.g. the basement, on an outside wall). Turn it clockwise to shut off the water.
- Label Circuit Breakers: In an emergency like a fire or flood, you will want to know how to control the power in your house. Find your breaker box and label the main switch that turns off power for the whole house. Grab a friend and label each switch by turning all of them off, then activating them one by one. Have your friend tell you which part of your house powers on with each switch.
- Address An Overflowing Toilet: An overflowing toilet can create a gross mess of water damage. Nip this problem in the bud by taking the top off the tank and pulling up the float (the rubber ball at the end of the lever). This will stop water flow into the bowl.
- Create A Home Inventory: Should the worst happen and a disaster damage your personal property, a home inventory listing all of the items you own and their value will make filing your insurance claim much easier.
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