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Hurricane safety

Some types of fire related hazards present during and after a tornado or hurricane:

  • Leaking gas lines, damaged or leaking gas propane containers and leaking vehicle gas tanks may explode or ignite.
  • Debris can easily ignite, especially if electrical wires are severed.
  • Pools of water and even appliances can be electrically charged.
  • Appliances that emit smoke or sparks should be repaired or replaced.

Electrical safety

  • Assume all wires on the ground are electrically charged. This includes cable TV feeds.
  • Appliances that emit smoke or sparks should be repaired or replaced.
  • Have a licensed electrician check your home for damage.

Gas safety

  • Smell and listen for leaky gas connections. If you believe there is a gas leak, immediately leave the house and leave the door(s) open.
  • Never strike a match. Any size flame can spark an explosion.
  • Before turning the gas back on, have the gas system checked by a professional.

Generator safety

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines when using generators.
  • Use a generator or other fuel-powered machines outside the home. CO fumes are odorless and can quickly overwhelm you indoors.
  • Use the appropriate sized and type power cords to carry the electric load. Overloaded cords can overheat and cause fires.
  • Never run cords under rugs or carpets where heat might build up or damage to a cord may go unnoticed.
  • Never connect generators to another power source such as power lines. The reverse flow of electricity or 'backfeed' can electrocute an unsuspecting utility worker.

And remember:

  • Be careful when using candles. Keep the flame away from combustible objects and out of the reach of children.

(Courtesy of MacDill Fire Prevention Office)

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