There are particular numbers you’ll always want to have access to should a crisis arise in your home. With any luck, you’ll never have to dial any of them and your household will be peaceful for years to come, but it’s always best to be prepared just in case an emergency does occur. Whether it’s a contact to get you out of a bind if your TV suddenly stops working or a number to call in case of a medical emergency, make sure you have these numbers on your fridge from the moment you move in.
You local electrician: There are plenty of things that can go wrong with the electrical fittings in your home, some of them relatively minor and some more serious. If you want to be sure that you’ll never be stranded without a functioning fridge or boiling in your home with faulty air conditioning on a hot summer’s day, you’ll need the number for a call-out service like Perth Electrical Company stuck firmly to your fridge. They’ll come over quickly any day of the week to fix things up so you don’t have to suffer needlessly.
Emergency services: This may go without saying, but it can be difficult to memorise various emergency services numbers, particularly if you’re experiencing a genuine trauma like a break-in or medical crisis and can’t remember who to call. Have a complete list of your state and local emergency services contact numbers clearly marked on your fridge, and begin teaching your children these numbers (or where to look to find them if they need to) as soon as they’re old enough. Having the number for the fire service or ambulance available at all times could save a life.
A trusted friend or family member: If you have children (or pets, for that matter) and an emergency happens, it’s important that you have a friend or family member you can call at any time of the day or night who will come to help you out. They may need to take over childcare duties while you rush to the hospital, or watch your pet while you head to another state to look after an ailing relative. Speak to your friends and family and make sure you confirm with them that they’re happy to be an emergency contact for your family.
Your water company: Waking up to a sudden plumbing disaster can definitely spoil your day, so it’s always useful to have your specific water service company number on your contact list ready to call if you need help. They can deal with any worries you may have in your property, from a leak in your pipes to a concern about contamination.
Poison control: This one is key if you have kids. Many parents will experience the harrowing realisation that their child has swallowed something they shouldn’t have. A poison control hotline can let you know the exact type of problems the substance may cause and what your next step should be. It could be as simple as waiting it out and letting the ingested substance pass, or require a trip to Emergency – they’ll give you the information you need to make the right decision for your little one so they come out of the experience unscathed.