Weekly assignment — Home safety

Every Monday I will give you a weekly assignment. This homework is designed to keep you thinking about preparedness and working toward it. No one will be looking over your shoulder to make sure you complete each week’s assignment. But, by following along and completing the tasks, you’ll be all the better for it.

This week, I’d like to have all my readers check their home safety equipment. All the preps you have stored won’t do you much good if your house burns down, right?

Start with your smoke detectors. Check the batteries and make sure they all work as they should. You should have one smoke detector in the kitchen, at least one in the basement, and one on each level of your home. Putting one near the bedrooms is advisable as well.

If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, get one ASAP. Place it near your furnace area.

Every home should have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Keep it under your sink or somewhere else you can access it easily. If you already have one, check the expiration date on it and get a new one if need be.

You should also have a list of important emergency phone numbers near your phone. If you’re one of those who only have cell service and no land lines, make sure you have those numbers programmed in your cell. Police, fire, rescue, poison control, as well as your immediate neighbors.

Please comment below with how you did with this assignment.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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