House Emergency Preparation

Starting into the DIY world can be a bit intimidating, but there are few precautions that will ease the intimidation of a project. Home improvements aside, it is a must to understand how to handle a serious problem that may arise in your house during a project or natural disaster.

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Be prepared for problems during a DIY projectFirst on our house emergency preparation checklist, electricity. It doesn’t take much amperage to do some serious harm. Power should always be removed from a circuit before doing any electrical work. Having a labeled circuit box is a great start. In a moment of panic, labels make it much easier to remove power.

If you are working on a project that involves electricity and you’ve activated the breaker, still test the circuit. If you are working on the light, flip the light switch. If you are working on the outlet, plug in a light to check it. If you are working on an appliance, try to power it up. Sometimes rooms have the outlets, appliances, and overhead lights on different circuits so it is important to check the specific source where you will be working.

Do you have an older home with fuse-style box that screw in or out? Be sure to to have plenty of extra fuses because they are single use.

In the event of flooding in the house, do NOT touch the main switch box. This can prove to be dangerous. Instead, call the power company immediately and have them shut off electricity to the house.

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Tyler Golberg

Tyler is the founder of Home Maintenance Tracker and a writer for HomeSpot HQ, an easy to use tool for managing maintence and projects for every house.