Everyday Safety, After Hurricane Irma
Hazards created by changing conditions in the home, and on the road, can be prevented with a little caution. Ocala Fire Rescue provides the following tips for everyday safety after Irma, inside and out:
- Avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Keep generators outdoors.
CO, an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness or death, is found in combustion fumes produced by the gasoline engines that power generators. Using a generator in an enclosed space could lead to a CO gas build up, poisoning the people and animals who breathe it.
- Avoid vehicle accidents. Treat non-operational traffic signals like a four-way stop.
Traffic from all four directions must stop. The first vehicle to reach the intersection has the right of way. If two vehicles arrive at once, the vehicle on the left should yield to the one on the right.
- Ensure your water is safe water.
Be it to drink or play, make sure your water source is safe. Keep children from playing in standing water, and use bottled water if your water source has been compromised.
- Avoid fire damage
Use battery-powered flashlights instead of candles. If you must use candles, keep them away from curtains, paper, or other flammable items.
- When it comes to food, flavorful does not mean edible.
- If you lost power refrain from consuming perishable items which have not been refrigerated, as this may lead to gastrointestinal problems.