5 Everyday Emergencies you Should be Able to Manage

When the Power to Your House Suddenly Cuts Out

When the power in your house suddenly cuts out—and your neighbours still have lights on—it might be an electrical fault. Take a flashlight and go check out the GFCI receptacle, circuit breaker, main breaker, or fuse box, make sure you have complete fuse box installation which is usually in the basement if you have one. If you possess a GFCI outlet, try pushing the reset button, suggests networx.com. If you have breakers, check to see whether one of them has tripped or if you’ve blown a fuse (it will be flipped off). Usually, flipping the right breaker does the trick (you might have to do some trial and error). If not, it could be time to call a pro.

When a Tap Won’t Stop Dripping

The constant drip of a leaky tap can be extremely irritating—and waste gallons of water every day. It’s one of the most common reasons people call for a plumber. Before you do, try tightening or changing the washer on the faucet. It explains: First turn off the water supply to the tap, either underneath the sink or at the main water valve. Then remove the tap’s cover to reveal a nut or screw. It probably just needs tightening, but unscrew it and take a look at the washer.

When Someone Gets Locked in the Bathroom

When someone gets locked in the bathroom sometimes Locks get stuck, and it can be very unnerving, especially for kids. But you don’t need to break the door down or crawl through a window. The first step is to see if the person can be talked through how to unlock the door. If that fails, check the door handle to see if it has a small hole in the centre. If so, use a straightened paper clip to push through the hole and pop the lock on the other side. But if this is not the case, Gesuelli advises, “loosen the frame by unscrewing the hinges before you give it a good shove.

When there is a Fire in your Microwave or Skillets

With a fire which is skillet, the first course of action is to turn off the burner and slide a lid on the pan if it’s safe to do so without getting burned. If this doesn’t do the work, take a towel, soak it with water, squeeze it out and then cover the skillet completely, which should put the fire out, Epstein says. Don’t forget to turn off the burner first! If you have a kitchen fire extinguisher, you could use that instead. If the fire continues to burn for any reason on, call 911 and get out of the house.

When you have a Sudden Infestation of Ants, Flies, Bees, or Rodents

If the ants are marching—or the bed bugs, bees, mice, bats, bird mites or other pests are taking up residence in your home—grab some over-the-counter pesticide, Gesuelli says, and try to use them in the “hot spots,” where you see the highest concentration of pests. It might be around window frames, in the backs of cabinets, or near pipes. However, if the problem is not in your control or the infestation seems to be getting out of hand, call a pro.


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