Friday, July 5, 2019

Preparedness Challenge – July Week 1

Over the years I've written posts about fire safety during the month of October because that’s National Fire Safety month. But after visiting the aftermath of Paradise, California last year, I decided to move fire safety into our July prep. It's never too early to prepare for fires. Earthquakes, tornadoes and other disasters cause fires too. So, this week we’ll be gathering fire safety and rescue equipment.

1. Buy or Test Fire Safety Equipment

A. Buy a fire escape ladder if you have or live on the 2nd floor.
B. Buy or test your fire extinguisher.
  • This video shows firefighters going door to door helping people test their fire extinguishers and find the correct place to store them. Sorry, it shouldn't be under your kitchen sink.
C. Buy or test your smoke alarms. Do you have a newer model? Yes, they do get old.
D. Buy or test your carbon monoxide detector.

All items may be purchased at Walmart, Sam’s Club and Costco and other hardware store.


2. Buy or Gather Rescue Supplies

Let firefighters or other first responders do the rescuing whenever possible, but if you must come to the rescue, a few of the supplies below may help. And if you aren't strong enough or trained to rescue someone, wouldn't it be nice to hand someone else the equipment you have on hand? Keep these items stored in a well-marked tote where you can easily find them. Put the work gloves on top.
  • Pry bar - can pull nails, pry, lift or scrape. One idea is the Wonder Bar or Super Bar. About $12.
  • Outdoor climbing rope - can help you tie off an object or assist in a rescue. About $20.
  • Headlamp - can keep your hands free to help you see in the dark. About $10.
  • Work gloves - to protect your hands from sharp objects. About $10.
  • Emergency Auto Safety Hammer - use to break out or into a car. About $5. Amazon VicTsing. This may be a Christmas gift for my family.
    As you ponder what you can do to keep your family safe, answers will come.

    Best wishes on working on this week's preparedness challenge.

    Valerie Albrechtsen


    1. When do you post the weekly preparedness challenge each week? I am thinking about using them for my ward and there is a weekly e-mail that goes out every Wednesday that I can add this to. I love your preparedness site. There are so any great ideas.

      1. I've tried to post them weekly. There is no set day. Sorry. But it's been busy this month so I'll probably only post two. Thanks for following.


    Thanks for your comments and suggestions!