As real estate agents, we spend a lot of time in properties of all different shapes and sizes. However, regardless as to whether you’re living in a luxurious condo in downtown Kelowna’s Skye Tower, or a lovely sprawling ranch in east Kelowna, we feel that there are five safety items that you should have on-hand at all times.
A quick caveat; this list does not feature items that must be present under law such as smoke alarms – those items are mandated by law, so it seemed redundant to include them in this list. Instead, we have focused on items that it’s sensible to have on-hand – things that you would really regret not having available in the event of an emergency situation!
A small fire extinguisher is something that every home should have. They’re relatively inexpensive and they can prevent an unfortunate incident from developing into a full blown disaster.
High-Quality First Aid Kit
Chances are you’re never going to need this for anything other than the odd cut or sprain, but it’s wise to have a high-quality first aid kit at your disposal anyway. This becomes even more important if you have kids in the house.
Power Outage/Natural Disaster Kit
In Kelowna, our enemy on the natural disaster front is forest fires. Outside of that, we’re pretty fortunate when it comes to natural disasters – we needn’t really worry about earthquakes, tornadoes or flash floods. However, you definitely want to have a natural disaster kit close to hand. You can team this up with the supplies you might need in the event of a sustained power outage. Include things like flashlights (and spare batteries), transistor radio, water, blankets, candles and matches etc.
For those living close to parts of town that may be impacted by fire, we recommend keeping an easy access tote close to hand that contains copies of important family photos and documents – it may be the one thing you’re able to grab as you’re evacuating. You may also want to consider investing in fire safety boxes for very important items.
Understand the Geography of your Home
Make a note of where important things around your home are. For example; the furnace, the breaker box, water valves etc. Knowing where these things are before you’re frantically searching in crisis mode will make life a lot easier in the event of some unfortunate incident like a burst pipe. You should also have a fire exit strategy.
Strong Security Features
Kelowna is generally a very safe place to be. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take security seriously. We would recommend a deadbolt lock at a minimum, but there are also many sophisticated alarms and gadgets that you can get to help improve home safety these days too. If you’re in the market for an alarm system, Best Security is a great local firm.
Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or invest in the Kelowna real estate market, we can help… contact Walker Real Estate today!