Survival Tips for AFTER the Storm: Keep your Family Safe and Avoid Deadly Dangers – On the House

Survival Tips for AFTER the Storm: Keep your Family Safe and Avoid Deadly Dangers

By on October 11, 2016

All eyes were on Hurricane Matthew as the deadly storm took aim at the southeastern coast. Millions from Florida to the Carolinas were in its path and hundreds of thousands are without power. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants people to know it’s always better to be safe than sorry and is warning about deadly dangers after a hurricane.

First, consumers need to be especially careful during a loss of electrical power, as the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and fire increases at that time. About 70 people die every year and many more are injured from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by portable generators. Do not put your family at risk. Follow these important safety tips from CPSC.

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  • Use generators OUTSIDE ONLY. Portable gasoline generators quickly produce high levels of poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) and should never be used indoors, including inside a home, basement, shed or garage, even if doors or windows are open. CO is an invisible killer. It’s a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. CO from a generator used indoors can kill you and your family in minutes.


  • Install CO alarms with battery backup in the home outside each sleeping area.
  • Get to fresh air immediately if you start to feel sick, weak or dizzy. CO poisoning from exposure to generator exhaust can quickly lead to incapacitation and death.


  • Never use charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal in an enclosed space can produce lethal levels of carbon monoxide.


  • Use caution when burning candles. Use flashlights instead. If you must use candles, do not burn them on or near anything that can catch fire. Never leave burning candles unattended. Extinguish candles when you leave the room.


  • Look for signs that your appliances have gotten wet. Discard electrical or gas appliances that have been wet because they pose electric shock and fire hazards.
  • Before using your appliances, have a professional or your gas or electric company evaluate your home and replace all gas control valves, electrical wiring, circuit breakers, and fuses that have been under water.

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