Tool Purpose

Don't use a tool for anything other than its intended purpose. Using a wrench as a hammer may seem like a quick fix, but it may cause damage to the tool, the project, and possibly yourself. Remember, always use the right tool for the job.
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Generator Safety

Never connect generators to your internal wiring. The reverse flow of electricity or "backflow" can injure an unsuspecting utility worker. For extra safety, install a transfer switch that cuts power to your home from the utility pole and switches it to your generator. Have an adequate supply of fuel for your generator and keep combustible materials like gasoline cans away from heat sources. Always fill the generator with fuel in a well-ventilated area while the generator is turned off. Never run your generator indoors or in a poorly ventilated area such as a garage. Generators, like all other engines, exhaust carbon monoxide gas, which can be deadly. Use the appropriate sized power cords to carry the electric load. Overloaded cords can overheat and cause fires. Never run generator cords under rugs or carpets where heat might build up or damage to a cord could go unnoticed.
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Broken Windows

Always wear thick gardening gloves when handling broken glass, and use goggles if you have to break any glass. Carefully crisscross pieces of masking tape over a broken windowpane. Cover the glass with a heavy cloth, then tap with a hammer to break away the pieces from the window without splintering. Dispose if broken glass in newspaper.
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Signal Words

When you read product labels, look for signal words. Signal words are found on labels of new products and let you know how toxic a product is. Older products in your home may not list signal words. Drugs and personal care products are not required to list them, although many are hazardous.

Poison - highly toxic

Danger - extremely flammable, corrosive, or highly toxic

Warning - moderate hazard

Caution - mid/moderate hazard

No signal word - not hazardous
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Turn Around, Don’t Drown

More deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other thunderstorm or hurricane related hazard. Many of these casualties are a result of careless or unsuspecting motorists who attempt to navigate floodedroads. The National Weather Service now warns anyone who comes to a flooded roadway, "Turn around... dont drown!"

If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Stay away from flood-prone areas, including dips, low spots, valleys, ditches, washes, etc.

Avoid flooded areas or those with rapid water flow. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet. Dont allow children to play near high water, storm drains or ditches. Hidden dangers could lie beneath the water.

Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. NEVER drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Water only two feet deep can float away most automobiles.

Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly when threatening conditions exist.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
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Where Do You Stand?

Ask your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter about the history of hurricanes in your area. Ask for information about protecting your family and home. Ask your emergency management office, building department or floodplain management office to see a flood map of your community. There may be a projected flood elevation for your neighborhood.
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What Is Storm Surge?

Storm surge is water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the storm. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides to create the hurricane storm tide, which can increase the average water level 15 feet or more. Storm surge is the greatest threat to property and life along the affected coast.
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What Is Wet Floodproofing?

This procedure makes uninhabited parts of your home resistant to flood damage when water is allowed to enter during flooding. An example of wet floodproofing is to install flood vents, creating permanent openings in the foundation walls. This retrofit requires at least two vents on different walls. The size of the vents must be 1 square inch per square feet of enclosed floor area. For example, a 1,000 square foot house would require 7 square feet of flood vents. The advantage of wet floodproofing are that it is less costly than other retrofits, no additional land is required and it does not affect the appearance of the house.
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Bring Outdoor Items In

If you have furniture and other outdoor equipment on your patio or deck, bring them inside when strong weather threatens. Don't forget trash cans, grills, toys, and potted plants. Keep them from becoming flying objects that can cause additional injury or damage during storms with high winds.
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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 hazards.
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