Living independently often means having to face up to some new experiences that you’ve never had to deal with before. I know it’s great to have your parents take care of some things in your home, but once you’ve grown up and moved out, it’s up to you to sort these things. Some problems at home can send you into a panic – and the first thing you might want to is phone your mum and ask her what to do! But before you call Mum (or maybe once she’s helped you to calm down) you should think about how to solve the problem on your own. Take a look at these common home emergencies and how you can deal with them like a proper adult.
Plumbing and Electric Emergencies
A whole range of things can go wrong with the plumbing and electrics in your home. From blackouts and blown fuses to burst pipes, sometimes it feels like you’re just waiting for something to happen. Some things can really give you a shock, especially when they happen at very inconvenient times. But if you can stay calm, you can usually deal with the problem swiftly. Taking emergency action might need to be your first step, like turning off the water mains or electricity mains. Then contacting either your landlord/property manager (if you rent) or a contractor who can do emergency callouts should get the problem addressed in no time.
Getting Locked Out
Losing your keys or locking them in your home (or your car) can have you kicking yourself. And it’s even worse when your keys are stolen. Fortunately, however, getting locked out is one of the easiest problems to solve. Although, it can cost you a pretty penny to sort it out. Your first move should be to get a spare key from someone if that’s possible. If it’s not, calling out a service like SJO Locksmith will help you get back into your house. There are many services that provide 24-hour emergency callouts. So even if you get home at 3am, you should still be able to sleep in your own bed.
A fire in your home certainly isn’t anything you want to deal with, which is why you should take precautions to prevent it. However, if anything does happen, you want to be able to react calmly and stay safe. Having some fire safety products like a fire blanket and an extinguisher is smart. You should also know how to deal with different types of fire, including when you should smother and when it’s ok to use liquids. And, of course, if you can’t put out a fire yourself, you should call the emergency services.
Gas Leak or Carbon Monoxide
A gas leak in your home can be very dangerous, so it’s important to address it immediately. If there’s a leak from your gas supply, you can often smell it. However, regular gas checks are important to pick up on any issues. Carbon monoxide is another potential issue, and you can’t see or smell it. A CO alarm will detect a leak and help protect you. If you have a gas leak, turn off your gas supply, ventilate your home, and call an engineer. If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, you should leave the house. The Gas Emergency Service can advise you on what to do. You might need to seek medical advice if you feel ill or have any symptoms associated with carbon monoxide poisoning.
Home emergencies can make you panic, but if you know what to do, you can stay calm. Prepare yourself in advance, and it will feel more manageable.