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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Fire Prevention 24-7 – Resolve to be ready!

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Before the ball dropped and we rang in the New Year, I’m sure many of you had made New Year’s resolutions for 2022. I would bet most are just hoping for a normal one, right? Many seem to make the same resolution year in and year out, like adding exercise to our daily routines, being more organized, and eating healthy. This year I have a New Year’s resolution idea that could prove to be priceless. Let’s “Resolve to be Ready” and commit to making our family, home or business better prepared for an emergency.

Here are some ideas for how you can phase in your resolutions to be ready for an emergency in 2022:

Set a monthly reminder in your calendar to test your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms – The first of every month in your personal or work calendar can serve as a great reminder to test your smoke and CO alarms. Or I tell the kids that I teach, to test on the day they were born every month. Whatever you choose, find a day you’ll remember and make it stick.

Pick up one item for your emergency kit on each of your shopping runs – We learned earlier this year that natural disasters are something that we definitely need to be ready for. Building your family’s emergency kit doesn’t need to happen all at once. Pick up canned food, bottled water, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, and other recommended emergency items over the first month or two of the year (it will also spread the cost of building your emergency supply kit). In the meantime, make sure you’ve downloaded a weather app to your phone.

Set attainable preparedness goals for each month of 2022 – Learning your home’s fire escape routes or remembering your family’s emergency communication plan is easier with regular practice. So during each month of the year, set small goals like finishing your emergency kit, practicing your fire escape plan, reviewing family emergency meeting locations, bookmarking useful websites and mobile websites and learning about local resources in our area. I sincerely hope you will “Resolve to be Ready” in 2022. It’s a resolution we can keep, and one that will prove its worth, should disaster strike.

Stay tuned for the announcement of an exciting new program we are rolling out very soon!

Cheers to a happy, healthy, safe, and normal 2022!

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Soraya McLaughlin
Soraya McLaughlin is the Naperville Fire Department Community Education Specialist. Contact her via email at mclaughlins@naperville.il.us.

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