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- Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.).
- Teach your children how and when to call 911 or your local emergency medical services number for emergency help.
- Show responsible family members how and when to turn off the water, gas, and electricity and locate the main electric fuse box, water service main and natural gas main.
- Keep necessary tools near gas and water shut-off valves.
- Turn off utilities only if you suspect that the lines are damaged or if you are instructed to do so. (If you turn off the gas, you will need a professional to turn it back on.)
- Check to see that you have adequate insurance coverage.
- Teach each family member how to use the fire extinguisher (ABC type) and show them where it's kept.
- Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
- Conduct a home hazard hunt. Anything that can move, fall, break or cause a fire is a home hazard. Inspect your home at least once a year and fix potential hazards.
- Stock emergency supplies and assemble a disaster supplies kit.
- Take a Red Cross first aid and CPR class.
- Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.
- Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.