The backpacks are packed, the buses are running, and your mornings have gotten back into the back-to-school groove. As the lazy, carefree days of summer come to an end and everyone gets swept back up into their own routines, it’s a good time to think about emergency readiness. Schedule a family meeting to make sure everyone in the household is on the same page when it comes to family safety and what to do in the case of an unexpected event. Here are some things to keep in mind as your family gets back in the swing of homework and school activities.
- Create a responsibility checklist. Changes in routine for everyone in the household means that things can get overlooked. Who’s responsible for walking and feeding the dog? Who’s picking the kids up each day? Who’s going to be the last one out of the house? When everyone scatters in the morning, one person in the family needs to make sure the doors are locked, the coffee maker is turned off, and check that no one has accidentally left water running or the stove on. Having a system in place and knowing that everyone has a job to do will help ensure that you don’t end up with a flooded basement or a kitchen fire that would require the services of a restoration company.
- Have a family emergency plan. If there’s an emergency in your home, will your kids know what to do? Create a family emergency plan and take time to review it with the entire family. You might even rehearse some scenarios with the kiddos, such as what to do in case of a house fire or severe storm. If your children feel like they have experience dealing with emergency situations, like downed power lines, storm damage to your home, power outages, fire or a burst pipe, they’ll be less likely to panic and more likely to do the right thing should a real emergency arise.
- In case of emergency. If a disaster strikes–whether it’s damage to your home from a fire, tornado or severe storm–remember that your kids will need to get back into their routines as quickly as possible. Damage to your home can be extremely stressful to the whole family. If your home needs board-up service, water mitigation, water restoration or fire and smoke damage repair, you’ll want to already have a restoration company in mind so that you can get back to normal as soon as possible. Try to keep up daily routines such as mealtimes and bedtimes and know that “this too, shall pass.”
Back-to-school is a time for new beginnings. If you haven’t done so already, take advantage of this time of new routines to establish some plans that will help keep your family safe and sound the whole year long.
While we hope that you never need our restoration services, we know the stress and mess that can be caused by fire, water or storm damage. It’s good to know that the team of certified and trained restoration experts at Hays + Sons are just a phone call away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With 140 employees, 120 vehicles, and eight separate locations, Hays + Sons has you covered.