Screwdriver Use

While screwdrivers may look like pry bars, chisels, punches and scrapers, they should never be used for such purposes. A screwdriver is most effective when its blade is straight, balanced and sharp. Misusing yours will keep it from performing best when you need it to do what you bought it to do...drive screws. Also, be sure that the handle is clean and free of slippery oil or grease.
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Powertool Safety

When working with any type of powertool, avoid wearing jewelry such as watches, bracelets or chains. They can easily become caught in the moving parts of the tool.
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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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