Know your home

28 03 2012

Know your home

Although it may sound silly to say, knowing your home means more than to just acknowledge its existence. In other words, if there were to be an emergency in your home, could you safely and effectively get your family to safety? Could you egress safely? Do you have a secondary meeting place? Do you have a “neighbor safe-haven”(1)?

Knowing your home also means from different areas of your home: -What if you were in the living room and someone were to break your kitchen window trying to enter into your home? What is your next move from there?

Since each home is different, there is no “one” answer to any of those questions, hence “knowing your home”! If you know you home you would have an idea about where you would want to egress towards, how to gather the family, how to safeguard the family and the next avenue of action.

Since most people will freeze during a traumatic occurrence, it is wise to practice certain scenarios in your own home to see how long it takes you to: get the family together, get into the safe-room safely, and egress from the home or separate actions of escape. If you practice certain scenarios you will create a “memory” of the action which, in turn, may give you the upper hand and allow you and your family a safe escape

*Whenever you practice any scenarios, safety should always be first! Remember: a scenario being practiced is not reality, take your time and ensure no one gets hurt while practicing the scenarios. Speed will come with repetition and repetition will finite your actions! Be safe!

It is recommended to know the layout of the home and what to do if your original destination point is obstructed by a threat or fire or any other emergency situation. Where do you go from there? What are your options? What should the family do?

These are all important questions to answer in order to keep everyone safe inside the home.

Part of scenario practicing is “thinking outside of the box”. This means to incorporate the “what if’s” into the scenario practice. EXAMPLE: I am in the living room, my wife is in the dining room and someone tries to kick in the front door: –I immediately direct my wife to call 911 -My wife is already heading into the spare bedroom (our primary safe-room) –I run directly towards the primary safe-room

If my wife accidentally locks the door out of fear: I run into the secondary safe-room while I inform my wife that I am safe and inside the safe-room.

At this point, my wife is on the phone with 911 and informing them of the situation and all of the pertinent details of the emergency. She will also inform the operator that I am in the secondary safe-room and where that is located. She would keep the operator on the phone while the emergency is taking place and will not open the door until I give her the “safety word/phrase”.

By knowing my home and ensuring my wife is familiar with the layout and emergency routine, we can safely get to the safe-room to avoid the threat(s) or emergency situation. By practicing for this situation prior to it occurring, we know the path that needs to be taken, we know the secondary route to take in case there is an obstruction and we know what the next step would be from that point.

**Always be careful while practicing scenarios, especially if egress is incorporated into the scenario. Always maintain control of the scenario and bring honesty to the critiques. Practice may not make perfect but it will give you better odds against a threat or home invasion.

(1)Safe-haven is a location where someone will be safe/feel safe and free from harm. Is can be a store, neighbor’s house, shed, another family member’s home, etc.

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Being safe with a firearm

26 03 2012
Trigger lock fitted to the trigger of a revolver

Trigger lock fitted to the trigger of a revolver (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You would think that just the mere mention of firearms that people would naturally be safe, but that is not the case. Too many times in the news do we see stories of kids shooting other kids with their parents firearm. There are many things wrong with that situation because responsible people should educate their children about firearms, the safety steps to take with the firearms and how to be safe around firearms. Children are naturally curious and will seek out those firearms when the parent are not around. Why? Because firearms are cool and children tend to want to impress their friends.

In order to maintain safety inside the home where there are children present, the firearms should be locked away and the key(s) should not be anywhere that can be found. Children will snoop around in the underwear drawers, under pillows and mattresses and in desk drawers. Having an adequate lockable storage location is important for the safety of those inside the home but the container itself is just as important. If someone were to break into the home they could steal a small container if it is not bolted down or secured in some manner.

Trigger locks are another way to ensure safety. The trigger locks impede anyone from depressing the trigger of the pistol and keeps the firearm and those inside the home, safe. What if someone were to break into the home? This is why planning is important: have the home-defense pistol in a location that can be easily and quickly accessed. Planning now can save the occupants of the home if a threat were to invade the home. Being safe is vital all the way around. Never assume the firearm is cleared: always make sure the firearm is safe and any magazine is located away from the firearm. Double check and triple check to make sure the firearm is clear and safe and maintain directional discipline: don’t point the pistol at anyone and know where the barrel is pointed at all times.