4 Tools to Have in Your Apartment in Case of an Emergency
As a renter, no matter where you live it’s a good idea to have a few tools on hand in case of an emergency. You do not need an extensive toolbox, but you’ll be glad you have these items to help while you’re waiting for your landlord or a professional to arrive.
1. WrenchThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises every household to keep a wrench on hand to turn off utilities in an emergency. A wrench can also come in handy for quick furniture assembly and disassembly or tightening a loose showerhead. Select an adjustable wrench so you can work with nuts and bolts of various sizes.
2. Screwdriver SetLike a wrench, a screwdriver set can help you cope with a variety of emergency situations like tightening cabinet doors or light fixtures that may have come loose, while you wait for your landlord or a professional to come help repair damage. If needed, you may also use a screwdriver to open the drainage valve on your water heater if you don’t have clean drinking water available during an emergency, says FEMA. Choose a magnetic screwdriver set with assorted removable tips to help with multiple jobs.
3. Duct TapeReady.gov recommends duct tape as one of the items to include in a disaster supply kit in the event you need to seal up a room with plastic sheeting. You can also use duct tape to add bubble wrap to your windows to help insulate your home against the cold if you lose heat suddenly. Finally, duct tape can also be used for temporary repairs until you can get professional help: Hold together a window that cracked. Seal a leaky pipe. Patch up a tear in a door or window screen. Close a wound if you don’t have adhesive bandages.
4. Multi-Purpose ToolBe prepared and consider getting a multi-purpose tool. You’ll have a little bit of everything — various knife blades, a mini screwdriver, pliers, scissors and maybe even tweezers. This tool may help you open a can of food in a pinch or cut any string or clothing if it gets caught when trying to evacuate your home.