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4 Essential Safety Precautions After a Flood

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

Electric generator, used in the rain on the ground. Fuel motor Be mindful of generator safety

Storm Restoration Process

After flooding in Normandy Park, WA, businesses will be eager to begin the restoration process. Downtime is unacceptable for many businesses and needs to be minimized. To start the recovery process, you need to access the damage to your business and begin to tear out any damaged property. However, even after the flood has passed, not all the danger is gone. Keep in mind each of these safety precautions when beginning storm restoration.

1. Look to Your Local Authorities
The local government and disaster relief agencies operating in your community should be your go-to resource on safety matters. Listen to all the information and instructions they provide and don't return to your business until it's declared safe.

2. Remember Many Dangers Are Difficult To See
Just because you do not see anything dangerous does not mean it is completely safe. When accessing water damage, watch out for:

  • Sharp underwater debris
  • Snakes and other animals
  • Downed powerlines in water

3. Protect Yourself During Cleanup
When accessing damages, wear the appropriate clothing. Waterproof work boots, protective clothing and heavy work gloves can protect you from any dangerous debris. Protective face coverings also keep you safe. In many cases, it is safer to get a professional restoration service to assist with damage assessment as well as tear-out procedures and other remediation efforts. With their help, you can be completely informed about the damage and what needs to be done to safely fix it.

4. Be Mindful of Generator Safety
When setting up a gasoline-powered generator during the storm restoration process, do not put it indoors and keep it away from all windows. This keeps anyone working safe from generator fumes.
The process of restoring your business after a flood involves many steps. Be mindful of your safety and the safety of others during damage assessment, tear out and restoration. Everything you do to minimize safety risks helps the process go more smoothly.

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