Sunday, April 15, 2012

More Home Safety/Preparedness

Just last week we had a rather strong spring storm roll through over night. And when I say "strong" I mean "strong for us here in the Bay Area in California." But something like 750 lightning strikes were recorded and there was plenty of wind and rain to go along with it.

Anyway, the next morning we were talking with the kids and I said how lucky we were that the power didn't go out. And then I asked, "does everyone know where the flashlights and candles are?"

"Uh, I don't know... Bottom drawer?"

Not exactly the confidence inspiring answer I was hoping for. For the record, I know where several flashlights are because I put them in a pile in the garage recently in preparation for coming up with a plan for where to mount two of them and stash the rest. Uh... Guilty!

Fast forward to the weekend. I went and mounted a couple of flashlights and the fire extinguisher.

And we showed the kids where to find the others. Also, we have a lot of candles around and inside the fireplace, so we're golden there.

Next up is showing the kids how to use the fire extinguisher (I haven't forgotten!).


  1. You know, it's the little stuff like this that is really important. Thanks for reminding me that I need to put candles on the shopping list. :)

  2. I like how even a small thing like this makes me feel like I've moved the bar a tiny bit. We're in earthquake territory so we should be much further along. But at least we're doing something...