This is a guest post by Sarah Williams.
The same way you keep your significant other on speed dial, you should keep some professionals too.
Granted, you can’t count on them to pick up the kids or feed the dog, but you’ll be glad you put them on speed dial when other emergencies happen.
Here are seven of the most important professionals to always have on speed dial for when life happens:
1. Local Police.
Some police departments have non-emergency phone lines for when something seems not quite right in your home or neighborhood.
You can call 911 in cases of emergencies, but most of the time, it might be something like rowdy kids, a noise complaint, or a theft.
Even if you just want an officer to check out someone acting suspiciously, this number should be on hand. Make sure you have the non-emergency phone number for the local police in your phone’s speed dial.
2. Emergency Plumber.
When a pipe breaks, you can quickly get flooded, destroying flooring and even walls in your home. If it’s an upstairs flood, you will also have to replace ceilings.
Getting the emergency plumber in Sydney to your house as quickly as possible will save you a lot of money in repair costs.
3. Gas Utility Person.
If you smell natural gas, it may be a matter of minutes before a house is filled up and explodes. Call the gas utility and have someone come in and check that issue without delay. A gas explosion can not only destroy a home, but also cause an entire neighbourhood to blow up in flames.
4. Poison Control Center.
When a child pops one of those laundry detergent pods into their mouth, thinking they’re candy, you’d better have the poison control center number on speed dial.
Getting help immediately for this type of event is essential to surviving some accidentally ingested poison. You don’t want to be frantically searching a number online when you or your child is poisoned.
5. Animal Control.
What about noisy dogs or a stray alligator in the neighbourhood?
Animal control can pick up strays and deal with some thorny animal issues that you just may not be equipped to handle.
By asking animal control to deal with a neighbour’s noisy dogs, you won’t have to face their wrath and they’ll get the message to keep their pets under control.
6. Fire Department.
If you have a fire in the neighborhood, you can call the local police department.
A fire, particularly if your area is experiencing a drought, can spread very quickly and needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. You can also call them if you plan to burn and don’t want them showing up at your door with engines blaring.
The fire department can also help in cases where fluids from a car or truck accident has caused a fire nearby.
7. Roadside Service.
You’ve decided to take a long road trip, but in the middle of nowhere, you’ve gotten a flat tire or run out of gas. Have your roadside service on speed dial, whether it’s AAA, the rental company’s roadside service you bought, or some other service.
It just gives you peace of mind and saves you time waiting for them to show up and help you out.
Life doesn’t always go as planned, so you want to be as prepared as possible. By putting these professionals on your speed dial, you won’t waste time in a situation they are most needed. Plus, you’ll know exactly what to do to get started resolving the issue as quickly as possible.
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