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With the recent hurricanes, tornados and other natural disasters that have hit North America, many are in the thick of cleaning up their homes, businesses and properties. While you may be in a rush to get things back to normal, be sure to take the proper precautions to ensure your safety when cleaning up after a natural disaster.
This CDC article offers tips for safely cleaning up heavy, hazardous and/or wet materials, such as:
- Wearing proper protective gear when dealing with electrical issues, possibly moldy environments or areas with large debris
- Preventing mold in the event of flooding
- Preventing diseases from contaminated water
- Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning
- How to ensure clean and safe food and water sources
Additionally, this article from OSHA provides additional precautions and suggestions for natural disaster clean-up.
Whether you’ve recently experienced a natural disaster or live in an area that’s at-risk, understanding the precautions and steps to take for clean-up will help ensure you, your family and your property are safe.