hope for the best, plan for the worst

hope for the best, plan for the worst

Written By

The Vivint Smart Home Team

when you think of being prepared, i’m willing to bet thoughts of 72-hour kits, generators, and storm cellars come to mind. while it’s true those and many more emergency preparedness tactics should be at the top of your list, here are a few more you should add.

testing… 1, 2, 3

theĀ experts say you should test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors as often as once a month. testing accomplishes 3 goals in your home.

  1. it will teach your household what the alarms sound like. knowing what an alarm sounds like can help you prepare in an emergency. you won’t have to wonder what’s going on.
  2. in the event that a device is malfunctioning you have time to get it resolved before an emergency situation arises.
  3. you will have peace of mind knowing your home is always protected.

changing the batteries

changing the batteries in your life saving devices such as smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors is as important as regular checks for those devices. yes, it’s true – those devicesĀ will alert you when the batteries are running low, but keeping a regular change schedule helps you stay ahead of the game. it is recommended you change the batteries twice a year.

having a plan

“it’ll all work out” is a great way to stay positive and optimistic in an emergency situation, but having a plan before an emergency situation occurs can add tremendously to it “all working out.”

  • have a plan of where to meet up if you get separated from your loved ones.
  • practice drills for different emergency scenarios. whether it be fire, tornado, hurricane, etc., knowing what to do before an emergency situation happens will help make decisions easier if stressful times come.
  • regularly review emergency phone numbers/contact information and have them easily accessible. these can and should include the neighbors next door, family/friends, poison control, 911, etc.

we hope an emergency situation never befalls your home, but should the worst happen, we hope we can help you be prepared.