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The New Trend in Home Safety: UK Surge in Home Bunkers 

Recently, the UK has seen a marked increase in interest around the safety and fortification of homes. This trend is highlighted by a 146% rise in searches for 'Home Bunkers', along with a significant uptick in queries such as 'how to protect your home from war' and 'does my home insurance cover war'. These figures analysed by the home team at Halton Stairlifts, reflect a population taking sensible steps towards understanding and potentially preparing for uncertain times.

Furthering our exploration, Halton Stairlifts, partnered with esteemed survival expert, Alex Harding. Harding's extensive experience in survival strategies and bunker preparedness provides invaluable insights into what is necessary to not just survive, but maintain a good standard of living in a bunker setting.


Alex Harding's Guide to Bunker Preparedness:

Water Storage and Purification: A large supply of water is essential. Store enough for each person to use at least one gallon per day. Add water purification methods to ensure the safety of your water supply over time.


Food Supplies: Gather a stock of non-perishable food items with a long shelf life. Choose foods that require little water and cooking, and don't forget a manual can opener.


Power Sources: Prepare multiple power sources like solar panels, batteries, and generators. Make sure you have a supply of fuel and understand the safe storage and use of these power sources.


Medical Kit and Health Supplies: A comprehensive first aid kit is crucial. Include prescription medicines, over-the-counter remedies for common issues, and any vital medical equipment.


Communication Tools: Keep the capability to receive news and communicate with the outside world. This may include radios, smartphones (with backup power options), and even simple items like whistles or signal mirrors.


Security Measures: Be aware of and implement measures to ensure your safety within the bunker. This may involve reinforced construction, secure locks, or surveillance systems.

Mental Health and Entertainment: Lengthy periods in a bunker can be mentally taxing. Include items like books, games, and other forms of entertainment to keep spirits high and maintain mental health.


Alex Harding stresses that 

 “While the interest in bunkers and being prepared is a rational reaction to potential threats, it's important to approach this process with a balanced perspective. It's about more than just physical survival; it's about preserving a good quality of life and well-being even in challenging circumstances.”

Alex Harding
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