14 Safety Essentials for Your Home

Started by majorhavoc, March 20, 2023, 03:00:04 PM

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majorhavoc

With so much emphasis on bugging out, weaponry and survival skills, it's easy to forget that the most likely response to a disaster scenario will be sheltering in place.  And during an emergency, you may well be lighting candles, using unfamiliar backup heat sources and building backyard camp fires. You may also be contending with power outages, and concerns about site security and air quality. 

That's why articles like this are important.   It might not be overtly prepping related, but the information is directly applicable to disaster preparation.  And it will help keep your family and home safe even when the S hasn't HTF.

https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/safety-essentials-for-your-home/
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Raptor

Great post thank you!
There are some really good points here. There are also some things I would push back over.

The one really good point they bring up is a water leak alarm. It is amazing the cost of the damage that less than $0.001 of municipal water can cause. 

I use these in the catch basin of my home water heaters. I prefer the battery operated ones since they have fewer failure points.
  https://www.amazon.com/Glentronics-Inc-BWD-HWA-00895001498-Basement/dp/B000JOK11K/ref=sr_1_5?crid=D1Z2O2W8GOF&keywords=battery+operated+water+alarm&qid=1679348725&sprefix=battery+operated+water+alarm%2Caps%2C92&sr=8-5


The one and only thing that I stanchly disagree with is a cloud based indoor security camera for a home. A business maybe but there is no way in hell I would want one in my house. The same can be said for an Alexa type device. YMMV but there is no way in hell anything cloud based is staying in my home. Yes I know cell phones are a bigger threat to security, but only if you bring them inside.
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flybynight

Quote from: Raptor on March 20, 2023, 04:51:05 PMGreat post thank you!
There are some really good points here. There are also some things I would push back over.

The one really good point they bring up is a water leak alarm. It is amazing the cost of the damage that less than $0.001 of municipal water can cause.

I use these in the catch basin of my home water heaters. I prefer the battery operated ones since they have fewer failure points.
  https://www.amazon.com/Glentronics-Inc-BWD-HWA-00895001498-Basement/dp/B000JOK11K/ref=sr_1_5?crid=D1Z2O2W8GOF&keywords=battery+operated+water+alarm&qid=1679348725&sprefix=battery+operated+water+alarm%2Caps%2C92&sr=8-5


The one and only thing that I stanchly disagree with is a cloud based indoor security camera for a home. A business maybe but there is no way in hell I would want one in my house. The same can be said for an Alexa type device. YMMV but there is no way in hell anything cloud based is staying in my home. Yes I know cell phones are a bigger threat to security, but only if you bring them inside.

That 's the type of water leak monitor we use.  Our water  heater,  well pump pressure tank and whole house filter is in the basement . 
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MacWa77ace

I recently replaced my Hot Water Heater and looking at the options available there are many with leak detection build in. the only problem with those, they are hundreds of dollars more expensive for the same size and power, and usually have some sort of internet connection so you can monitor on your phone app.

I elected to go with the type I've been using forever. Mine did leak but its in my garage and water in there can't really hurt anything, other than my water bill.



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