SAFETY TIPS FOR HOME REPAIRS AFTER THE STORM
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.