After a severe storm such as a hurricane or tornado, it can be very dangerous to go out immediately to review the damage suffered by your home. Here we give you a guide to do this task without endangering your life and that of your family. Once the storm has passed, the danger still persists. Many people have been injured or lost their lives because they are not sufficiently informed about how to act after a natural disaster. So that you and your family are not part of the statistics, Storm Damage Restoration in New Haven, CT gives you the basic advice to follow once the storm passes.
Precautions to take when repairing the exterior
Be very careful using electric saws to cut down fallen trees or branches. In the case of large and heavy trees it is preferable to look for a professional who has the necessary equipment to do the job. If you are going to check the damage that the roof of your house suffered, be careful climbing the ladder. Do not do it without help. If you need to work on the roof of your house, measure each of your steps and movements. If you have roof leaks, cover it to prevent further damage when it rains again. Open the windows and turn on fans to dry whatever is wet.
If you need to use an electric current generator, operate it outside your home and away from doors and windows, to prevent its toxic gases from entering your home. Before unloading the toilets, make sure the sewer service is working. As soon as electricity is restored, check that your home’s fire and carbon monoxide alarms are working properly. Keep your pets inside the house, but if you have to take the dog out, take it with his leash or carry. Check foods before eating to see if they are in good condition. Do not eat food that has been subjected to high temperatures.
How to stay safe after the storm passes?
Do not leave your home immediately until you hear the official parts on the radio and follow all instructions of the local authorities to the letter. Do not go outside with precipitation. Measure your steps and look around to avoid contact with loose electrical wires, tree branches or debris. Have your family stay inside the house, especially children and the elderly. Explain to the danger they are exposed. Avoid walking through accumulated water or flooded streets, because there may be dangerous objects or broken electrical wires.
If you see a metal object near an electric cable, stay away from that object. If you smell gas in your home, close the gas supply valve. Beware of snakes and other wild animals that were able to escape during the storm. Check out your neighbors, especially if someone is disabled to find out if they need help. But do not enter your neighbor’s house if you see damaged structures that offer danger. Better contact the authorities. If you do not have electricity, avoid lighting with candles and always have a fire extinguisher on hand.