September is National Preparedness Month. This week will we talk about learning life saving skills. Don’t wait till someone is choking to learn the heimlich maneuver. You need to learn these life saving skills before you need them Learn how to prepare for flooding, hurricanes, fires, and other disasters.
Learn First Aid and CPR: Check your local Red Cross Chapter for more information about CPR training.
Learn How to Use a Fire Extinguisher: The U.S. Fire Administration recommends that only those trained in the use of fire extinguishers should use them. Contact your local fire department for information on training in your area.
Learn How to Shut off Natural Gas: Natural gas leaks can cause fires or explosions. Different gas meters require different shut-off procedures, so contact your gas company to learn how to turn of gas to your home. Make sure everyone in your family knows a gas leak smells and sounds like. If you notice a gas leak, get everyone out quickly, and the attempt to turn off the gas from outside. Finally, call the gas company.
Learn how to Shut of the Water Valve: In an emergency flooding situation, water may become contaminated by all kinds of pollutants. In this case, you will want to shut off the valve for water coming into your home to prevent accidental consumption or use of contaminated water.
Learn how to shut off the Electricity: Learn where your electrical circuit box is. Shut of all the individual circuits before you shut off the main circuit.