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How to prevent injury after a disaster

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

When my daughter and her family lived in Miami, I visited several times when there were hurricane warnings.

Chain Saw After living through one, Francis I think, I remember reading an article in the Miami Herald about a family that had survived the hurricane, but experienced a tragedy anyway. They left a candle burning unattended. It started a fire and destroyed their mobile home.

Don’t let it happen to you. After surviving Hurricane Irene, follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control:

  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, only use generators, pressure washers, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices outside and away from open windows, doors, and air vents.
  • Follow chain saw safety rules and use chain saws according to manufacturer instructions.
  • Avoid wild or stray animals.
  • Avoid the use of electric tools or appliances while standing in water.
  • Drive safely, always wear your seatbelt, don’t drink and drive, and don’t drive when sleepy.

See the CDC's “Prevent Injury After a Disaster” for more information on these safety tips and additional recommendations. 

Copyright 2011, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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