6 Items Every Household Should Have

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Did you know most families are not prepared for an emergency? According to a Columbia University survey in 2011, respondents didn’t have basic emergency items such as water and flashlights. Below are recommended items any household should have to keep your family safe when faced with common hazards:

1. Risk detectors – Risk detectors should be installed to alert for smoke and carbon monoxide. Don’t forget to replace them as they may lose their sensitivity over time.

2. Fire extinguishers – Every household should have a fire extinguisher to control small fires in an emergency.  Not only is it important to have one in accessible locations, but learning how to use properly one is key.

3. A first aid kit – A first aid kit is a must for any emergency. Each kit will include basic supplies such as wound-dressing and antiseptics, but you should add extra medications specific to your family members.

4. Battery-powered flashlights and a radio – In an event where the electricity is out for a long period you will need flashlights and a radio. Flashlights will aid in navigating through the dark and allow you and your family to travel to a safe location. Make sure to keep an extra set of batteries. A radio will all give you access to any important local and government updates.

5. Food and water supplies – It is recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to have at least one gallon of bottled water per family member per day. In addition, there should be enough nonperishable food items for your family (including pets) for at least three days.  Be sure to check your emergency food and water every six months for expiration dates.

6. An emergency game plan – Did you know most families do not have an emergency plan? Planning in the event of a fire, earthquake, or any other emergency will ensure each family member is aware of the proper steps to take and where to meet in case of an evacuation.

Roberts, Amy. 6 Must-Have Safety Items for Every Home. Liberty Mutual. Web. 25 Oct. 2013.
http://www.libertymutual.com/safe-and-smart-living/home-articles/home-emergency-response-plan

Save Green by Going Green

Alliance Homes has partnered with Skyline Homes and Karsten Homes to build new, green energy certified homes. Not only are these homes built responsibly and with little waste, they also have low utility bills-saving you money!

Love to cook or spend time in your already green kitchen, but want some more green ideas? Check out Martha Stewart’s Website for more tips and ideas. Below are a few of the tips:

Say Yes to Convection Because it continually circulates heated air, thereby reducing cooking time, convection uses 20 percent less energy on average than a conventional oven.

Green Dish Washing Liquid- For greasy pots and pans: Try scouring with salt. For burned saucepans: Fill the pan half full with water, spoon in baking soda, let it soak overnight, and bring to a boil.

Unclog Your Sink Naturally Don’t worry, it sounds more complicated than it actually is. Boiling water converts baking soda to sodium carbonate, a more effective drain cleaner. Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 3 cups of boiling water, and let science take over. It’s a much safer choice than commercial drain cleaners, which can harm skin, eyes, lungs, and the water supply.

Fill Up the Freezer Fill up your freezer, since the more full it is, the less energy it uses to keep food frozen.

Try Reusable Towels Paper towels cause waste — even if you stick to the recycled brands. Microfiber towels grip dirt and dust like a magnet and don’t let go. After use, toss the towels into the laundry and reuse over and over.

Hopefully these tips can help you out in your kitchen but also give insight into the many ways to go green. You can start by going green in your kitchen through appliances and these eco-friendly ideas, but you can incorporate other ideas to other rooms throughout your home! For more information please take a look at our website,  click here!