After a storm has ravaged your home, there are a lot of risks and hazards that can threaten the safety of your loved ones. However, most families don’t know the best way to stay safe after a flood, tornado, hailstorm, or other types of bad weather. To protect the health and safety of your loved ones and to prevent further damage to your home, remember to keep the following in mind.
Avoid Wading in Flood Waters and Stagnant Water
Water has the potential to cause damage on a massive scale for several reasons. Remember that flood water can contain any number of biological contaminates and toxins, especially if there are issues with your sewage system. Spores, bacteria, and fecal matter abound in flood waters, so it’s best to make sure that children don’t see a flood as an opportunity to play in the water.
In addition, you also need to remember that water can carry electrical current. After a heavy storm, it’s fairly typical for power lines to fall, and large amounts of flood water in basements can create the risk of electrical shock. Even if the water doesn’t look dangerous, it’s best to err on the side of caution. When in doubt, stay out! It’s much safer to call a water damage restoration service to properly contain these threats safely.
Avoid the Use of Open Flames
It’s also pretty common for people to become tempted to use open flames; most typically, people will use candles in the event of a power failure. But open flames are dangerous because they carry the risk of setting a home on fire. Also, some heavy storms can damage natural gas lines, and an open flame could ignite the gas with explosive consequences. If you smell even the slightest hint of gas, the safest thing to do is to seek shelter at a neighbor or family member’s house. Also remember that flashlights are always a safer alternative.
If your home has experienced severe structural damage, you need to vacate the premises as soon as possible. It would be a tragedy if any falling debris in a collapsed or partially collapsed structure threatened the health and safety of your loved ones. Also, it is highly inadvisable to attempt repairs on your own, especially if you lack the tools and experience to complete the job safely. Using a professional restoration and repair service will save you time, and trained professionals will know the best and safest course of action to repair your home.
Be Mindful of Debris
Debris comes in all shapes and sizes, and most of it poses the risk of cuts and other minor injuries. Two of the most common offenders are broken shards of glass and nails, but there are a myriad of other dangerous fragments. Make sure your children stay away from these areas until the debris has been properly cleaned up.