Would you know what to do in an emergency? While no one wants to experience an emergency of any kind concerning their home, from time to time, sadly, these issues crop up and can throw a spanner in the works when it comes to your daily routine.

For those who have never had to experience a home emergency, questions might arise like “What do I do?” or “Who do I call”? The best way to tackle the issues and get the right help is to do so based on the specific emergency you are experiencing.

But what kind of emergencies can you expect, or are the most common ones that people experience?

Gas Leaks

Gas leaks aren’t actually all that common. However, they are a real emergency should this happen. If you notice a rotten egg smell in your home or something is making you feel ill, it’s important to rule out a gas leak. You need to turn off any sources of gas immediately, open all the windows and go outside. Do not switch anything on or off or smoke in the vicinity, as this can trigger an explosion. Then, you can call for emergency gas repairs and ensure no one enters the property until it has been deemed safe to do so.

Power Outage

If your power goes out, then you need to figure out what is causing it. You can look out of your windows and see if your neighbours still have electricity. If they don’t, there is an issue with the power in your neighbourhood, and you should contact your local electricity company. If the problem is your house, you need to check your circuit breaker to see if anything is amiss. In the event that your electrics are off because of a fault, you should call an emergency electrician to get things checked out. In a power cut, you unplug all electrical appliances from the sockets, don’t open your refrigerator or freezer, and use flashlights, not candles, to light your home to reduce the risk of fire from candles that are knocked over.

Locked Out

Everyone has left home without their keys before, and needing to call a locksmith to gain entry isn’t something people relish. However, if you do find yourself on the wrong side of a locked door, then this might be your only choice.

You can get lock boxes for keys that can be hidden on the front of your property or in a safe place; you can swap from regular key locks to keyless locks or biometrics so you can still gain entry even if the door shuts behind you.

Try to avoid leaving a key under the doormat or in a flower pot, for example, and don’t leave windows open, as this can allow others to gain access to your home.

How you react in an emergency can impact how quickly you can get help and the results of the problem at hand. Know what to do in a specific type of emergency and how to get the right help to get things back on track.