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SAFETY TIPS FOR HOME REPAIRS AFTER THE STORM

By Kent Donahue

September 04, 2019

The danger of a storm does not end when it passes. The Florida Department of Health in Orange County suggests taking the following safety precautions to prevent personal injury when addressing storm repairs. 

  • Wear goggles, heavy gloves and steel-toed boots.
  • If possible, work in pairs or groups.
  • Take short breaks and work during the cooler hours of the day.
  • Immediately clean all open wounds and cuts with soap and clean water. Cuts beyond minor scratches may require medical attention.
  • Avoid lifting more than 50 pounds of debris or building materials. Two or more people should move bulky objects.
  • Avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion by wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and drinking a glass of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Only experienced people should use chain saws and specialized equipment. When using chain saws or other heavy equipment, wear earplugs.
  • To prevent electrocution in wet areas, turn power off at the main breaker.
  • Never handle a downed power line.
  • Never bring gasoline- or diesel-powered pumps, generators or pressure washers indoors as they release carbon monoxide – a deadly, colorless, odorless gas.
  • Set priorities for clean-up tasks and pace the work over several days or weeks.
  • Avoid exhaustion by taking frequent rest breaks and resuming a normal sleep schedule as soon as possible.
  • Never assume that water-damaged structures are safe; leave immediately if shifting or unusual noises occur.
  • Take advantage of disaster relief programs and services in your community. 

For further information, please contact your local county health department or visit www.floridahealth.gov. The Florida Emergency Information Line: 1- 800-342-3557.