An emergency can strike at any time, and everyone needs to have what they need in case they are faced with a disaster. The problem? Figuring out the most important equipment to have on hand can seem like a challenge. There are so many tools out there that you can easily end up stocking up on things you might not need just in case a very strange event happens. To help you begin preparing for the future, let’s take a look at the top four pieces of life-saving equipment you need.
1. Fire Extinguisher
A fire extinguisher is a tool that can mean the difference between stopping a disaster before it starts and watching a fire burn out of control until it becomes a much bigger problem. Having a fire extinguisher on hand (or several, depending on how large your facilities are) should be one of your top focuses as you begin preparing emergency plans for both emergencies as well as potential natural disasters in your area. You may wish to keep them in visible places as well as in places that are easily accessible to you in the event of a fire.
2. Basic First Aid Kit
During emergencies, it’s easy for someone to get hurt either due to panic or due to debris caused by the incident itself. Having a basic first aid kit on hand to treat minor wounds or to help someone until emergency services get to your location is crucial. Depending on your training, there is a wide range of basic first aid kits out there to choose from. Some of the most basic largely feature bandages and painkillers, but some are more extensive and offer additional tools to make sure everyone is safe. Alongside your first aid kit, you should also look to learn more about basic first aid so you’re confident you know what to do in the event of an emergency.
3. Face Masks
While this tool might not always seem so necessary, it can be when emergencies end up causing the air around you to become toxic or dangerous to your health. One excellent example of this is a fire, where a face mask can help you filter out some of the fine particles in the smoke to reduce the amount of damage your lungs experience. Another example might be during an earthquake, where a face mask can help you avoid breathing in debris from collapsed buildings or materials that have fallen off of surrounding structures. Just make sure that they’re designed for these purposes, as flimsy masks can do more harm than good.
Finally, we have one tool that many might not think about until they need it: the flashlight. A flashlight is essential for both during nighttime emergencies as well as when you’re faced with an emergency that blocks out surrounding light or causes the building you’re in to become very dark. With a flashlight, you can navigate your environment with confidence and avoid experiencing any further injuries that might result from a misstep. Some flashlights are even built to act as multi-tools, helping you break windows or manage other tasks that might be required of you during an emergency. Look for a flashlight that can illuminate your space with ease, and make sure to keep plenty of extra batteries on hand.
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