How to Deal with Common Household Emergencies

Getting on the housing ladder as a first-time buyer can be an extremely exciting prospect for millions of young adults. However, it can be difficult to achieve in a climate where rising inflation rates and an emerging cost of living crisis can make it exceptionally difficult to raise enough money to afford a suitable down payment on a property. As a result, statistics now show that the average age of a first-time buyer has risen significantly to 34 years old. Getting on the housing ladder with the purchase of a first property or starter home is something that should be seen as a significant life achievement in the modern world. However, as part of being a homeowner comes the need to be able to respond effectively to a range of common household emergencies. In this article, advice is given on how to deal with three of the most common household emergencies, to ensure that you stay safe and minimize any damage to your property.

Burst Pipes and Flooding

Burst pipes can often occur in winter when extremely cold weather leads to pressure being put on the water pipes. If these pipes are poorly insulated, there is the risk that they could crack or break releasing a high volume of water into your home. Today, faulty home appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers, can result in water damage to your home. When a burst pipe or another form of flooding occurs, it is important to act quickly. Turn the water supply off at the source in the home (it is often located in your kitchen under a sink or directly outside the property) to minimize any further water damage. If the flooding has caused damage to any carpeted areas, it is important to contact a carpet cleaning service that has experience in dealing with this. If you live in the New South Wales area, firms that specialise in carpet cleaning in Campbelltown may be ideal. A quick response and treatment of the carpeted areas will minimize the likelihood of permanent damage to your carpets.


House fires can often become a life-threatening home emergency if they have the time to spread. It is estimated that around half of all house fires start in the kitchen and are often as a result of cooking food. It is of paramount importance to invest in a fire blanket that can be used to smother a kitchen fire before it gets out of control. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to control and extinguish the fire, the priority is to get yourself and your family out of the property as soon as possible and call the emergency services, who will dispatch a fire crew to the scene.

Power Cuts

Power cuts can be relatively common events, especially if you live in an area that experiences a lot of storms and strong winds which can disrupt power supply services. In the event of a power cut, it is important to have easy access to battery-powered torches. These are a better option than conventional candles, as their use eliminates the risk of accidentally causing a fire. If the power cut happens during daylight hours, take the time to clear any obstructions from in and around the home so that you reduce the risk of slips, trips, or falls if the power outage continues into the night.

Gargie Sharrma

A fervid writer, I am a Commerce Graduand. I love to travel and explore new things, enthralled by sports (basketball), when I am not writing, I spend my time in singing dancing, and reading.. Also, I love riding bike, this is something I am passionate about!

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