Generator safety tips:

Generator safety must be taken into consideration as more residents stay without power. Keep these important generator safety tips in mind to ensure your generator experience is a safe one:

  • Never run a generator indoors.
  • Run your generator outdoors on a dry surface. Keep it far away from doors, windows, vents, and air-conditioning to prevent any carbon-monoxide buildup.
  • Allow your generator to cool before refueling and make sure the engine is turned off.
  • Do not plug your generator’s cord directly into a wall outlet, as this can damage your home’s electrical wiring and cause a fire. Instead, connect your generator to a transfer switch with a genset cord.
  • As you plug in accessories or appliances, be sure that the total wattage you’re using is less than the output recommend for your generator. Do not exceed capacity.

For more tips and information, visit https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/power-outage/safe-generator-use.html

Chain saw safety tips:

Trees and limbs down in your yard? If you plan on using a chain saw to lighten the load, keep these tips in mind:

  • Use safety goggles for eye protection
  • Use a face shield or barrier to keep fast moving wood chips away from your face
  • Use head protection, such as a helmet, to deflect anything that could fall on you
  • Use hearing protection as permanent hearing damage can occur from exposure to chainsaw noise
  • Saftey footwear, such as steel-toe work boots will help protect your feet from falling logs
  • Do not operate a chainsaw that is damaged
  • Do not operate a gas-powered engine in an enclosed area to avoid dangerous carbon monoxide fumes
  • Shut down the engine and apply the chain brake before setting the saw down
  • Keep the handles clean, dry and free of slippery oil or fuel mixture

Heat exhaustion safety:

As the clean-up process begins, it is extremely important to stay safe from heat exhaustion. Follow these tips to ensure that cleaning up is the only thing you have to worry about:

  • Know signs and symptoms of heat illnesses and monitor yourself. Do not overwork yourself especially in the Louisiana heat.
  • Block out direct sun and other heat sources.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Drink often and even BEFORE you are thirsty. Drink water every 15 minutes.
  • Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
  • Wear lightweight, light colored, loosefitting clothes.

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