Prepping And The Law Of Diminishing Returns

2 Jun

Can you over-prepare for something? Yes. As preppers, we know we should stockpile a certain amount of food. How much? We know we should learn to defend ourselves. How much time should we spend on that? When we over-prepare in one area, we risk neglecting other important things.

Look at fire safety. Fires are a bigger threat to most of us than a complete breakdown of society. It’s only prudent to install smoke detectors in our home. We can add one in every hall outside of bedrooms. We can have one on every level. That’s about what most people do, if that.

We can go further. We learn that smoke detectors sometimes don’t work, so we install two everywhere. We test ours. We learn about the different types of smoke detectors and how some are better at detecting a smoldering fire. We discover that where smoke detectors are placed is important. Placing a smoke detector where the air is “dead” and doesn’t circulate might delay our warning. Knowing these things is good.

A small fire could be extinguished with a fire extinguisher. Keeping one of those near the kitchen, in the garage, and in our workshop is a good idea. Our preps are clearly not over-the-top.

But, we can always do more. We worry about being trapped in the basement or second story during a fire. We install an egress window in the basement. We add a portable escape ladder to the second floor. Maybe, we get some fire escape masks.

To test our preps, we run a fire drill. So far, so good. But, what if we start running a fire drill every week? Or every day? What if we decide we need to change out all our basement windows to egress? What if we decide we must have a portable escape ladder for every upstairs window? At some point, others will look at our preps and say we’re a bit obsessed with fire safety. And they might be right.

How do we know when we’re over preparing?  CP

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