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IDHS is encouraging Hoosiers to consider giving emergency preparedness and home fire safety items as Christmas presents. These can be especially good ideas for people who are difficult to buy for or who “already have everything.”
If you’re having trouble shopping for that special person who already has everything or who’s always hard to buy for, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) suggests purchasing a NOAA all hazard alert radio, hand crank AM/FM radio or flashlight, or putting together a personalized emergency preparedness kit.
“An emergency preparedness kits for your loved one’s home or vehicle can be a very practical expression of how much you care for them,” said IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott. “For the person who has everything, an emergency preparedness kit is the one gift their life may depend on some day. This year, give your friends and family the invaluable peace of mind that comes from being prepared.”
Preparedness gift ideas
Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says home safety gifts, such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers, are also thoughtful presents that are proven to save lives.
“If you know someone who doesn't have a working smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector in their home, these items should be at the top of your gift list,” said Greeson. “Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are both proven life-savers, and what could be a better gift than something that protects the lives of the ones you love?”
Other fire safety and prevention gift ideas suggested by the State Fire Marshal include ABC-rated fire extinguishers, foldable ladders for second-story emergency escapes, and flameless scented candles.
Most preparedness and fire safety gift items can be found in hardware and department stores.