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What do we do when we have a mix of children and water emergencies? On the route to independence, it’s common a child will mimic what they see at home. Whether watching parents or guardians, something they may have seen on TV and put their own spin on it. And home improvement, no problem! Just a hammer here or some duct tape and glue there! Done! As much as it’s great that children will step up and try to be the adult, if they have no idea what to do it can end in disaster. Hopefully someone is home with them when disaster happens, but what happens when that isn’t the case? What if your kiddo is home alone or home in charge of others and a water emergency occurs? Do they know what to do?
Here are some considerations for a family conversation with the children in your home if there is an emergency water loss and they are home alone from PuroClean of Hillsboro.
When we think of water loss possibilities to happen when an adolescent is home alone, there are a few that instantly pop into mind. The goal is to make sure that they know what to do, so they don’t ignore the issue and assume it will fix itself. Doesn’t mean they have to take care of themselves, but at least notify whoever needs to know.
Don’t feel bad if you don’t. It happens that there are quite a few adults who don’t know where the shutoff valves are either. This is as good a time as any to learn. As much as this is for the young ones in the home, it also is important for adult to consider. It’s important to be prepared, consider having these conversations and decide what is best for your family. Every home and family are different. There is no “one size fits all” solution. We hope these questions help you to think about and decide what is best for your home and family.
If and when there is an emergency water loss in your home, PuroClean of Hillsboro is ready to help out in the Portland Metro Area, 24/7.