Remain vigilant about safety in and around the home this winter. Here are three winter hazards to keep in mind.
First, Carbon Monoxide – The Invisible Killer
Use portable generators outside your home and place them at least 20 feet away from the residence with exhaust pointed away from spaces where it can gather and present a hazard. Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage. The exhaust from portable generators contains poisonous carbon monoxide (CO), which can kill in minutes.
Most portable generator-related deaths from CO poisoning occur during the cold months.
Never leave a car running in a garage, even with the garage door open.
Install CO alarms in your home on every level and outside all sleeping areas. Test CO alarms monthly.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: KEEP YOUR FACE, HANDS and EYES COVERED.
Always wash your hands and change clothes as soon as you get home.
Try and keep the contamination to one area.
If you are one of the few that come home to one of the burnt out neighborhoods make sure you exercise caution while out in the elements.
That means anytime you are outside make sure you follow these simple emergency instructions to cleansing your body.
You do not want to inhale any of the elements that is on fire or has been burnt out.
Respiratory infections and many other illness can be blamed on large burn out fires as these.
Think about how many toxic products that are in our homes. Make sure if moving one of these items you are prepared with emergency protection gear.
Refrigerator, microwaves, cars, carpet, wood flooring that has been treated and those are just a few things that every home may have.
Your home and residing in the neighborhood: Set up an area that you can seal off. If you have a separate hall way that you can close off with plastic or a separate entry, perhaps through the side garage door(not a big one)with door to house. Handy to change contaminated clothes.
Even though your area may not have flames crawling up your street or that you can actually see, remember embers and ash can float through the air. It will glide until it gets caught on a branch or something to cling onto.
Make sure you bath each night before you go to bed.
Open your pores with warm water and use a good scrubby or washcloth with loads of soap. Soap up really good. Use cold water after to wash the soap off and close your pores.
Keep all of your smoke clothes in a plastic bag in your sealed area until you wash them. You don’t want to spread the smell or contaminate any other area.
If you are in close vicinity of the devastated areas: Do Not run any fans or air conditioning that has a connetion to outdoors. Close all doors, windows and vents. Close blinds and curtains to keep sun out and temperatures down in the house.