General Safety Even when the disaster has passed, major health and safety hazards remain. Serious injury can result to anyone dealing with the aftermath of a major storm, so it's wise to be overly cautious. Do not walk, ride bikes or drive through a flooded area. Roads are weakened, ditches are hard to distinguish from roads, and bridges may be washed out. Never go around a police barricade.
Do not touch any building, car or other structure that has a fallen power line touching it. Call a professional electrician or power company representative to remove the line. Floating fire ant colonies can be destroyed by dousing them with dishwashing liquid. Small children, pregnant women and people with health problems should avoid floodwater and flooded areas until cleanup is complete. (See "Floodwater Has Nasties in It")If children are in the area, be sure they are safe and cared for at all times. Never leave young children alone or allow them to play in damaged buildings or areas that might be unsafe. Keep a battery-powered radio on so you can hear bulletins from emergency managers.If you use a generator because the power is off, be sure to run it outdoors. Too often during disaster recovery, people die from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by running generators indoors.
Tips for Going Home
Electrical Safety There is real danger of shocks and electrocution. Serious injury can result for anyone dealing with the aftermath of a disaster, so it's wise to be overly cautious.
Turning Off the Electricity
Putting the Electrical System Back in Service
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