Hurricane Ida has caused devastation to Louisiana. As most are sifting through the damage and initiating the cleanup process, here are some safety tips to help with this process.
Tetanus shots: Everyone involved in cleanup efforts should consider Tetanus shots. You can check you immunization records or contact your Primary Care Physician to see if you are due for the Tetanus booster.
Generators: The use of generators for temporary power for the home and or tools during demolition is common. Please remember to give the generator the distance it needs away from the structure to avoid carbon monoxide build up. Also proper maintenance will reduce the chance of failure and/or incident. Remember to:
Health and Hygiene: As you will be dealing with contaminated water and surfaces that have contacted contaminated water remember the following:
Gas powered Equipment: The use of gas powered equipment such as chain saws, lawnmowers, loaders etc., should be used in accordance with manufactures recommendations. Utilize proper PPE, follow maintenance and inspection recommendations, and always shut down equipment before servicing.
Electrical Safety: Before engaging in work with electrical components, ensure that the power is off. Utilize tools such as meters and tick tracers to ensure no power is present to the device being worked upon. Avoid overloading plugs and/or generators. Inspect tools and equipment for damage before use. Follow manufactures recommendations for all tools and equipment. See the NFPA’s website below for additional tips.
Do not work with electricity if there is standing water!
Insects and Wildlife: As you engage in clean up, remember that insects and wildlife were affected by the flood waters as well.