Safety Tips on Hurricanes: What to Do After a Hurricane Hits
Hurricanes are a common occurrence for us in Florida, After all, we see a tropical storm or a hurricane every year, even on the Space Coast. While businesses and homeowners often focus on preparing for these storms, it’s equally important to know what to do after they pass. At Pro’s Choice Roofing, we understand that the aftermath of a hurricane can be just as challenging as getting ready for the big event. And now that hurricane season for 2023 is in full swing, we figured it was time to dive into the details on how to stay safe following a hurricane in the Southeast.
From carbon monoxide poisoning to flood safety, let’s get into it!
Use Flashlights, Not Candles
After a hurricane, power outages are common. In fact, the government and weather channels warn us that power can be out for days or weeks depending on the severity of the hurricane winds and storm surges.
When you’re waiting for Florida Power & Light to make its way to your downed power lines and restore electricity, make sure that you and your family are safe. You’ll need light for the evenings, nights, and overcast days. So, what are the best options for lighting up your space?
While it may be tempting to use candles for light, they pose a fire risk, especially if left unattended. Instead, opt for flashlights or battery-operated lanterns. These are safer alternatives and provide ample light without the risk of accidental fires. This is especially true for people with pets or children, as they can easily knock over candles or burn themselves.
Beware of Flood Waters
Flood waters can hide many dangers such as debris, downed power lines, and even displaced wildlife. Avoid walking or driving through flooded areas whenever possible. If you must enter flood water, wear protective clothing and footwear, and move slowly to avoid tripping over hidden objects. Downed power lines and wildlife are hazards that are easily hidden in floods, and they pose a serious threat to life. When you come into contact with floodwaters, wash your hands and clothing thoroughly to avoid contaminants like bacteria, dangerous chemicals, and sewage – all of which can make you very sick.
And of course, always follow the instructions of your local officials.
Schedule a Roof Inspection
Your roof bears the brunt of a hurricane’s winds and rain, and it’s crucial to assess its condition once the hurricane passes. Rooftops can hide leaks or damage, which will end up costing more in repairs down the road if you aren’t careful. Schedule an inspection with a professional roofing company like Pro’s Choice Roofing to ensure that you take care of necessary repairs or replacements following a tropical storm or a hurricane of any category. We can identify any damage, from missing shingles to structural issues, and help you take the steps to protect your space.
Properly Place Your Generator
If you’re using a generator due to a power outage, make sure it’s placed outside and at least 20 feet away from windows, doors, and vents to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) from entering your home. CO is a deadly, odorless gas, and generators should never be used indoors or in enclosed spaces, and it is generated when burning any type of fuel.
Check your battery-power carbon monoxide detectors before the storm if you plan on using a generator or anything that burns fuel for power. If you are alerted to the presence of carbon monoxide in your home, it could be due to a generator or a leak – make sure you exit your home safely and call 911 if you have any reason to suspect CO in your space.
Clean Water Damage Quickly
After a hurricane, it’s crucial to clean up any water damage as quickly as possible to prevent mold growth. While this can be a more extended project for homes that are flooded or leak during a storm, it’s crucial to start right away. Mold and mildew grow quickly, especially in homes without electricity, air conditioning, or air movement. The humidity and heat of Florida create the perfect recipe for water damage and mold disasters!
Mold can cause health problems and damage your home’s structure. Use fans, dehumidifiers, and heaters to dry out wet areas. For extensive water damage, consider hiring a professional restoration company.
Stay Safe with Pro’s Choice Roofing
The period following a hurricane can be overwhelming, but taking these steps can help ensure your home is safe. Remember, the team at Pro’s Choice Roofing is here to assist you with post-hurricane roof inspections and repairs. Contact us today if you need help assessing your home’s condition after a hurricane or tropical storm.
And as always – Stay safe, Florida!