We never expect a home emergency, but they do happen. Preparing for an emergency means you can reduce the inconvenience and anxiety, and increase your family’s safety.
Get prepared ahead of time and rest easy in the knowledge that you’ve got home emergencies – such as blackouts, roof leaks or burst pipes – covered.
Know your home
Every home is different. Take some time to work out the location of important features of your power and water supply, and find out how to turn them off.
Find your fuse box and circuit breaker and familiarise yourself with the buttons and switches inside. Your water and gas mains are usually somewhere in front of your house, but in some cases may be down the side or elsewhere. Hot-water systems can be located outside a house, in a roof cavity or between floors.
Look for potential problem spots in your house and on the surrounding land. Take note of things like old roof tiles, sloping or uneven ground that could be prone to flooding, or trees that are very close to the house.