o If possible, work in pairs or groups. Take short breaks and work during the cooler hours of the day.
o Wear goggles, heavy gloves and steel-toed boots.
o Immediately clean all open wounds and cuts with soap and clean water. Cuts beyond minor scratches may require medical attention.
o Never assume that water-damaged structures are safe; leave immediately if shifting or unusual noises occur.
o Avoid lifting more than 50 pounds of debris or building materials. Two or more people should move bulky objects.
o Avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion by wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and drinking a glass of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes.
o Only experienced individuals should use chain saws and specialized equipment. When using chain saws or other heavy equipment, wear earplugs.
o To prevent electrocution in wet areas, turn power off at the main breaker.
o Never handle a downed power line.
o Never bring gasoline- or diesel-powered pumps, generators or pressure washers indoors as they release carbon monoxide – a deadly, colorless, odorless gas.(Very Important, one person has already died this week because of this reason.
o Set priorities for clean-up tasks and pace the work over several days or weeks.
o Avoid exhaustion by taking frequent rest breaks and resuming a normal sleep schedule as soon as possible.
o Take advantage of disaster relief programs and services in your community.
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