The Emergency Contacts Everyone Should Have

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All kinds of emergencies and disasters can befall the average person. Pipes can burst, the boiler can break down when it’s freezing outside, or you can get locked out when the children are still inside. As a responsible homeowner and parent, you should have a list of emergency contacts to help you deal with these unexpected events. 

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Home Emergencies

You should be prepared for a variety of emergencies in the home, caused by damage or other issues. You should know who to call for common home disasters like burst pipes, being able to smell gas and other similar issues. Keep these phone numbers on a list near the phone so you can find them fast if you need them. This list should include the numbers for:

  • Your water company
  • Your electric company
  • Your gas company
  • An electrician
  • A plumber
  • Your insurance company
  • Heat and Air Conditioning repair

Non-Emergency Home Services

You’ll also need to have phone numbers to hand that will be useful if something has gone wrong, that isn’t an emergency. Getting locked out, finding signs of pests and other home issues can be irritating but aren’t usually life or death scenarios. For situations like this, you should have numbers for:

This is a useful list to keep saved in your phone for occasions where you need some help, but don’t need a response immediately. 

Medical Emergencies

These are essential phone numbers to have. Save them on your phone and display them somewhere obvious in the house, like on the fridge, next to the phone, or on a family noticeboard. It’s a good idea to have this written down, in case the power goes out If you have children or pets, you will need a few more numbers in case of a child or pet who needs help. These numbers should include:

  • Your family doctor
  • The poison Control Centre
  • Your usual vet
  • An emergency out-of-hours vet

As well as these phone numbers, you should also keep any important medical information for you, your family, and your pets. Store this information in a file on your computer or on the cloud, so you can get at it quickly. You can share this file with babysitters or petsitters if needed. This file should include information like medical history, allergy information, wills, insurance information, and any emergency contacts. Having this information to hand can be very useful in an emergency. 

Being prepared for all kinds of emergencies, whether the boiler has stopped working or your child has swallowed something, is the best way to keep you, your family, and your home safe. Keep emergency phone numbers and your information file somewhere secure. A physical copy of the phone numbers can be kept by the landline phone if you have one, or somewhere easy to see if you don’t. Save them on your mobile phone too so you can access them away from home. 

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