WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hurricane Irma has and will continue to cause high wind gusts and heavy rain from storms like Irma can result in electrical outages, flooding and other dangers. As Americans transition from survival mode to recovery efforts after the storm, please remember to heed these critical safety tips:
- CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) POISONING
The exhaust from portable generators contains poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) – a deadly, odorless and colorless gas.
NEVER use a portable generator anywhere inside your home or garage. Portable generators should be placed outside, at least 20 FEET away from the house, and any open window or vent.
NEVER use charcoal grills or camp stoves INDOORS.
CO from portable generators, charcoal grills and camp stoves can kill in a matter of minutes. CO alarms can save lives. Make sure that the CO alarms in your home are working.
Stay away from downed wires. They can be LIVE and emit deadly voltage.
Do not operate or handle electrical appliances that are, or have been, in standing water.
Have a qualified electrician check electrical appliances, circuit breakers, outlets and wiring before using them if they have gotten wet or have been in standing water.
Candles should be used with extreme caution. Never leave burning candles unattended. Battery-operated lights, such as flashlights, are a safer option.
- GAS LEAKS
If you smell gas, don't turn lights on or off, or use electrical equipment, including a phone.
Leave the home immediately. Then call 911.
Follow @USCPSC on Twitter and Facebook for more hurricane safety tips.
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