FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 27, 2005
CONTACT: Doc Kokol
**HURRICANE WILMA INFORMATION SHEET**
Safety Tips for Home Repair in Hurricane-Damaged Areas
TALLAHASSEE-The danger of a storm does not end when it passes. As
Florida citizens affected by the Hurricane Wilma return to their
homes and begin repairs, the Department of Health suggests taking
the following safety precautions to prevent personal injury:
- If possible, work in pairs or groups.
- Take short breaks and
work during the cooler hours of the day.
- Wear goggles, heavy
gloves and steel-toed boots.
- Immediately clean all open wounds and
cuts with soap and clean water. Cuts beyond minor scratches may
require medical attention.
- Never assume that water-damaged
structures are safe; leave immediately if shifting or unusual noises
- Avoid lifting more than 50 pounds of debris or building
materials. Two or more people should move bulky objects.
heat stroke and heat exhaustion by wearing light-colored,
loose-fitting clothing and drinking a glass of fluid every 15 to 20
- Only experienced individuals 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
- 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.
- Take advantage of disaster relief programs and
services in your community.
For more information, visit the Department of Health website at
Florida Emergency Information Line: 1-800-342-3557.
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