State Farm Warns of Dangers Following Hurricane Irene

Avoid Unnecessary Risks When Returning to Your Home

Aug 29, 2011, 16:44 ET from State Farm

BLOOMINGTON, Ill., Aug. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The period following a natural disaster can be disorienting and dangerous. In an attempt to return to a state of normalcy, disaster victims will take unnecessary risks. The following tips from State Farm® will relieve some of the uncertainty and help you stay safe in the aftermath of a major event.

Carbon Monoxide

Never use a portable gas-powered generator indoors. Exhaust from generators contain carbon monoxide and can result in CO poisoning. If you are using a portable generator, make sure that it is outside and away from windows, doors and vents.

Candle Fire

Use caution when using candles as a light source indoors. Never leave candles burning unattended and keep open flames away from curtains or flammable material.  


Be on the lookout for downed power lines. Don't turn on or use outlets or electric components that have been under water until they have been properly tested and repaired by a qualified electrician.

Gas Leaks

Check your home for gas leaks with a flashlight, not matches or candles, to prevent igniting leaking gas or other combustible substances. If you smell gas, open windows and turn off the main valve. Don't turn on lights and appliances until the gas has dissipated and the system has been checked.

Food and Water

Use your emergency water or boil tap water before drinking until you are told the water supply is safe. Food that came in contact with water may be contaminated and should be discarded. Check refrigerated food for spoilage.

Standing Water

Do not wade through standing water. If you do, bathe and put on clean clothes as soon as possible. There may be containments or hazardous material in the water that pose a significant risk to your health.


Avoid wild or stray animals such as snakes or dogs. Stray dogs may be hurt or afraid and may bite. Call local authorities to handle animals.

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