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25 Life-Saving (Literally) Home Organization Tips

Be prepared for this new year by organizing your home with these life-saving essentials and tips. After the holidays I can easily finding myself obsessing over getting the house straightened out, and at times a few must-needed safety checks can fall through the cracks. Take a moment to check batteries in flashlights and house alarms to make sure they are not expired. Keep a list of emergency contacts in a visible area, like on the refrigerator, so anybody can easily have access to them. Organize a safe by filing important documents away where they are still easy to spot.

Here are 25 life-saving tips for organizing your home this year!

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  • First Aid Kit 2 of 26
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    Put together a first-aid kit, or buy one with all the essentials. 


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  • Disaster Gear 3 of 26
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    Be prepared with a disaster gear kit, complete with emergency sleeping bag, can opener, and basic first aid kit.


    Buy it for $264.95 at at Special Forces.

  • Emergency Contact List 4 of 26
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    Make sure to prepare a list of all your emergency contacts, including out of state. Keep this in a visible location for everyone to see.


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  • Water Storage 5 of 26
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    Make sure to have plenty of water storage. Keep them in one place by purchasing a shelving unit you can put up in the garage.


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  • Candles 6 of 26
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    If the power goes out, be sure to have plenty long-lasting candles on hand. Put a few in each room so they are within easy reach.


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  • AED Defibrillator 7 of 26
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    Become knowledgeable on how to use an AED Defibrillator. You can keep it in a closet to have on hand in emergencies. 


    Photo via: Wikimedia.

  • Poisonous Items 8 of 26
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    Poisonous items should always be stored up high and away from children's reach. If you keep them under your sink, don't forget to put a strong lock on the door. 


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  • Have Several Flashlights 9 of 26
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    Have flashlights with fresh batteries at your home and in your car. Put one in each room of the house so you are prepared if the lights go out. 


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  • Keep Important Paper Safe 10 of 26
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    Prepare a waterproof, fireproof lockbox to keep important papers safe.


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  • Keep a List of Important Things 11 of 26
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    Make a list of important items to grab in an emergency. Such as photos, heirlooms, etc..


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  • Make Sure to Have All Necessary Medications 12 of 26
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    Keep a supply of important medication in a safe place, and don't forget to replenish them once they've expired.


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  • Don’t Forget the Pets 13 of 26
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    Be sure to have an extra supply of food and water for the pets. Consider keeping them stashed away in an extra pet carrier you can have on hand.  


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  • Have a Family Safety Meeting 14 of 26
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    Have a meeting at least three times a year to discuss emergency plans, evacuations, and preparedness techniques. Doing it throughout the year will help keep it fresh in everyone's minds, even in a state of panic. 


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  • Create a Family Communication Plan 15 of 26
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    Make contact cards and evacuation plan cards for each member of the family, or tape it to the back of each door in the house. 


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  • Clean Your Chimney 16 of 26
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    Get things in order starting out with a clean sweeping of the chimney. This is a good way to keep harsh fumes from coming in and taking preventative action for something going wrong from the chimney being clogged.


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  • Smoke Alarms 17 of 26
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    Install dual sensor smoke alarms.Test monthly and change batteries once a year.


    Buy it for $22.97 Home Depot.

  • Identify the Best and Worst Places in Your Home for Emergencies 18 of 26
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    Walk around your house and identify the best and worst places to be in an emergency. The best being under major beams secured to structures and doorways. The worst are windows, fireplaces, and chimneys.


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  • Keep Your Car Safe 19 of 26
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    Just as you have an emergency car kit in the house, put one in the car too. This one is packed with tools to help with the car and if somebody is hurt.


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  • Create Plans 20 of 26
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    Make an emergency plan complete with escape routes and meeting places. Practice using it with the kids to make sure that they have it clear in their minds.


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  • Keep Batteries on Hand 21 of 26
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    Fill a certain drawer with extra batteries you can have on hand in case of emergencies. Check the expiration dates to make sure they will all work. 


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  • Tornado Shelter Organization 22 of 26
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    Make sure your tornado shelter is up to date with supplies and all your family's necessities. Check it to often to make sure that food is stocked and use plastic containers to label and keep things organized.


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  • CPR and First Aid 23 of 26
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    Take a CPR and First Aid class as a family. Be sure to keep the guide stored somewhere visible in your home, like on a cupboard door.


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  • ICE In Case of Emergency 24 of 26
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    Make sure to include ICE next to your emergency contact in your phone. If there is ever an emergency people will know who to contact.  


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  • Fire Extinguisher 25 of 26
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    Make sure to have a functioning extinguisher or two. Place one in the kitchen near the oven and another in another room in the house that would be easily accessible. 


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  • Cash 26 of 26
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    Don't forget to have emergency cash stored somewhere safe in the house. Cash will be crucial if ATMs are broken.


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Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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