Friday, August 22, 2008

Home Repair Safety Tips

I found a really great list of Safety Tips for home repair after a hurricane or tropical storm.

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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Sherry Go Sharing said...

good safety tips I am going to read again.

Unknown said...

Excellent list and I like that it covers some of the basic things that people tend to overlook when they clean up. I think people just want life back to normal that they forget to stay safe in the process.
Funny, many of these things are all part of normal Boy Scouting requirements when we do work on the summer camps.