When returning home or cleaning up after a winter storm, you can take steps to stay safe and healthy. There are a few necessary steps to take to stay safe from carbon monoxide, electrical hazards, food and water safety concerns, and other hazards you might face if you had to leave your home during the storm.
- Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by placing generators, pressure washers, charcoal grills, camp stoves or other fuel burning devices outside and away from open doors, windows & air vents.
- Clean your home as recommended to stop mold. Never mix bleach & ammonia, because the fumes could kill you.
- Eat & drink only food and water you know are safe.
- Drive safely, wear your seatbelt, and don't drink and drive.
More detailed information on returning home after the storm can be found the CDC website.
There are also tips to safely clean up after a winter weather storm.
- Stay away from damage buildings or structures that have not been examined and certified by an inspector.
- Wear hard hats, goggles, heavy work gloves and watertight boots with steel toe and insole cleanup work.
- Remove or discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected.
- Follow manufacture instructions when using a chain saw for tree removal.
More detailed information on returning home after the storm can be found this section of the CDC website.
You also need to protect your self from the frigid temperatures so you don't get frostbite.
- Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing (it can happen in 15 minutes with the temps and wind chills our area has today).
- Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes.
- Seek medical care if you think you have frostbite.
Again the CDC offers more detailed information on http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/staysafe/frostbite.asp.
If your house or property sustained damage during the storm, please take necessary steps (safely) to prevent further damage. Then contact us, or your insurance agent, if you would like to submit a claim or have general questions or about your coverage..