Safety TipsMany injuries occur after the storm. To avoid injury, use common sense and wear proper clothing, including long sleeves and long pants, safety shoes or boots, and eye protection.
DOWNED POWER LINESStay away and do not touch downed power lines. Stay away from standing water that may have active electrical currents. Although you may be without power in your home/business, it does not mean the lines are not active.
GETTING AROUNDDriving is strongly discouraged in the aftermath of a storm. Crews will be out to make damage assessments and City officials will determine if the streets are safe for travel. If you must travel before it is deemed safe, drive slowly, be aware of your surroundings, and treat all intersections as four-way stops. Some roads may be restricted. Curfews may be imposed.
GENERATOR USAGEDO NOT operate a generator indoors, on balconies or near open windows. Make sure that the generator is running in a well-ventilated area. Many people die from carbon monoxide poisoning every year due to improper generator use. Read instructions and use with caution. http://www.miamidade.gov/fire/safety-generators.asp.TREE TRIMMINGUse caution with operating power equipment (i.e., chain saws):Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and wear safety gear (i.e., goggles and gloves). Stay clear of those using manual or other tools to cut trees. Avoid back injuries by using mechanical assistance to move debris too large to move manually.
FOODIf you are concerned that your food may have spoiled, when in doubt, throw it out. For additional food safety information, call the toll-free USDA/FSIS Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1.888.674.6854.
INSECTSUprooted insects and mosquitoes thrive in post-storm conditions. If you are without power, it is likely you have windows and doors open for periods of time. Use mosquito repellant and nets and spray entrance areas with insect killers. Prevent the sting and spread of mosquitoes — Drain and Cover Drain any standing water. Check for standing water in the following locations:o Gutterso Garbage Canso Saucers and lidso Pool and spa coverso Open containers such as flower pots and empty drums or canso Old tireso Birdbathso Pet bowls (even indoors)o Pools (maintain optimum chemistry; don’t let your pool go green)o BromeliadsCover your skin with socks, shoes, long pants and long sleeves when mosquitoes are active. Use mosquito repellanto Check the active ingredientso Effective ingredients include DEET / Lemon eucalyptus oil / IR3535o Use smallest concentration of DEET as possible Cover doors and windows with screenSUN AND HEAT EXPOSUREYou will be exposed to more heat and sun, especially if you are without power. Wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water and try to keep cool by staying under shelter. It is important that you wear protective clothing. A portable, battery-powered fan will make you feel more comfortable.