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5 Dos and Don’ts Following A Hurricane

At the time of writing this article, Irma, a category 4 hurricane, continues its destructive sweep through Florida and the adjoining States. Already 10 persons have been reported to be a casualty of the deadly storm. In the Sunshine state alone, more than 13 million people continue to be without power. Understandably, hurricanes are a devastating force of nature but the risk of danger often doesn’t go away once the storm passes. Here are 5 Do and Don’t following a Hurricane.

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The DOs


1. DO use protective gear when cleaning up

Broken glass pieces, loose bolts, exposed wires and other such hazards in and around your house can be a real danger to you. Protective gear such as gloves, safety classes and boots can reduce the risk of injury. With most medical services likely still closed down and the water supply contaminated, the risk of wound infection can be life threatening.

2. Do seek professional help for any electrical repair

In a wet, damp environment such as one post-hurricane, it is ill advised to work on anything with electrical current flowing through. For any repairs, seek professional help whenever possible.

3. DO file an insurance claim for any damages.

Inspect and document your house for any the damages. Make sure to take photos and file an insurance claim within 60 days of the disaster. It is recommended that, when it comes to repairs, emergency repairs should be given priority focus. Leave the rest for your insurance adjuster to see and assess.

4. DO keep all the electricity turned off

If your house is still flooded, it is important not to switch on the power. Such an act can run you risk of fire or electrical shock.

5. DO return home only when officials say it is safe

In case you have had evacuated prior, it is advisable to only return once officials have given citizens the green light. Keep yourself updated on the conditions by listening to NOAA Weather Radio.

The DON'Ts


1. DON'T start all major appliances at once

Even If there your house isn’t flooded, it is recommended by the authorities to to turn your major appliances on gradually rather than all at once. This reduces the risk of circuit overload.

2. DON'T use a generator indoors

“Carbon monoxide poisoning is a huge problem. Don’t put the generators in your garage to power your house. The generator needs to be outside the house way far away from anything that can suck carbon monoxide into your house.” - Direct quote from Stephen Nelson, Polk County chief medical examiner.

3. DON'T burn wood or charcoal indoors

Similar to the example above, don’t burn wood or charcoal indoors as it can quickly produce dangerous levels of lethal carbon Monoxide in enclosed spaces.

4. DON'T drink or prepare food with tap water

Your local water supply may have become contaminated following the heavy storm. Unless there is no other option, risking your body to contaminants can be hazardous.

5. DON'T touch a drowned wire

It’s may be a no brainer but many people do die each year from touching a drowned wire. Even if you believe the wire is well insulated, don’t take the unnecessary risk.

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