If you live an area that faces severe weather and hurricanes, you’ve probably taken steps to prepare for the worst. Perhaps you have stockpiles of food and water and a portable generator. These supplies can help you to ride out a bad storm, particularly if you experience power outages or water shortages. But what you may not know is that the period of time after the storm carries hazards as well. Just because the storm has passed does not mean that you and your family are out of danger. Stay on the alert for these 4 deadly hazards present after a storm and follow these tips to keep your family safe.
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
In a power outage, many families turn to portable power generators for electricity and heat as well as charcoal grills and camp stoves for cooking. While these devices can provide important resources, they must be used carefully to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Portable generators, grills, and camp stoves should be used outside only and placed at least 20 feet from open doors, windows, and vents of house to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
In a storm, power lines are often severed leading to live wires laying on the ground or touching objects. Stay far away from downed wires and any objects that they are touching which could conduct electricity.
Be aware of standing puddles of water that may cover electrical outlets or touching electrical equipment. Do not use any electrical equipment that has been underwater or is currently touching water. For portable generators, only use outdoor electrical cables that are in good condition.
- House Fire
Many people believe candles and matches are the best light sources in the event of a storm. But candles can blow over and inadvertently cause a fire. A better light source is flashlights or battery-operated lanterns.
- Gas Explosion
Do not use a gas appliance or propane gas cylinder that has been underwater without having it first checked by a qualified technician. If you hear or smell gas leaking, leave the house immediately. Do not turn lights off or on or use any electrical appliances including the telephone.
Taking these precautions can help to ensure that your family never suffers a preventable tragedy in your home after a storm. Yet sometimes accidents occur as a result of the negligence of others or products that are defective. If you or a loved one were injured by someone else’s negligence or by a defective product, Alexander Law Group, LLC can help. Call us now at 888.777.1776 or click here for a private, no cost consultation regarding your rights.