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.

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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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