Potential Hazards

Potential Hazards

During a disaster, ordinary objects in your home can cause injury or damage. Anything that can move, fall, break, or cause a fire is a home hazard. For example a bookcase can fall and cause serious injury. Inspect your home at least once a year and fix potential...
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Flood Warnings — Understand Them

Flood Watch – Flash flooding or flooding is possible within the designated WATCH area. Be alert. Flood Warning – Flash flooding or flooding has been reported or is imminent. Take necessary precautions at once. Stream Advisory – Flooding of small...
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Falling Tools

If you have a step ladder that is tall enough so you can’t see the top when standing beside it, be extra cautious about tool placement. Leaving a tool like a hammer on top is easy to forget. When you move the ladder, it could slide off and drop on you. The best...
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Power Outage Safety

Include power outages in your family disaster plan, identifying alternate means of transportation and routes to home, school, or work. Keep extra cash on hand since an extended power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from automatic teller machines or...
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Hammer Safety

A hammer is one of the most common tools around. However simple it is to use, certain safety precautions should always be taken when using this striking tool. Put on a pair of safety goggles. They’ll protect your eyes from any flying projectiles. The purpose of...
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If You Evacuate

Evacuate immediately if authorities tell you to do so. Listen to your battery-powered radio and follow the instructions of local emergency officials. Wear warm, dry clothing and sturdy shoes. Be sure to take your disaster supplies kit with you to a shelter or safe...