Health, Safety Precautions After The Storm

CDC Has Tips To Say Safe

Published On: Oct 27 2011 03:22:43 PM CDT   Updated On: May 26 2009 12:37:21 PM CDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a list of suggestions for being safe and healthy after a storm.

Storm damage can cause numerous health risks, including mold, carbon monoxide poisoning, electrical injuries and water contamination.

Clean Your Home and Stop Mold

Protect Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Do not use generators, pressure washers, charcoal grills, camp stoves, or other fuel-burning devices indoors or in enclosed or partially enclosed areas such as garages, even with doors or windows open. Do not put these devices outside near an open door, window, or air vent. You could be poisoned or killed by carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas from burning fuel such as gasoline, charcoal, or propane. Make sure a battery or electric powered CO detector is functional to alert you to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in your home.

See also What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly.

Keep Drinking Water and Food Safe

Prevent Electrical Injuries

Avoid Contact with Animals and Insects

Drive Safely

Visit the CDC's Web site for more information and tips.