2021 has turned out to be as bad as last year when it comes to distress, disease, and disasters. But it's just as important to stay safe in the aftermath.
Whether it's smoke, water, fire, flood, storms, or some other event, staying safe after something has happened is just as critical as staying safe when it's happening.
I've Seen Fire and I've Seen Rain - Disasters Across the Nation
In the Western states, drought has taken a toll on the economies there and has approached the level of natural disaster. Along with the lack of rain there's the particularly devastating wildfires that continue to burn.
According to one government source, by the end of August 2021, wildfires in 10 states from 83 incidents had burned more than 2.5 million acres. Evacuation orders were in effect for residents near 11 large fires and complexes in California, Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington.
Hurricanes, including Ida, have brought devastation across Louisiana, Mississippi, and neighboring states. Places like Tennessee are still picking up after tragic flooding there.
And the list goes on.
This Too Shall Pass: Staying Safe While Cleaning Up
While the vast majority of people who go through various types of natural disasters and other catastrophic events come out relatively unscathed, the danger doesn't end once the event has passed.
Cleaning up afterwards presents its own risks.
With that in mind, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has complied a checklist for those at home to use as for cleaning up safely after a disaster:
General Safety Tips
Get the right safety gear
- Hard hats
- N95 masks (or a respirator with a higher protection level)
- Heavy work gloves
- Waterproof boots with steel toe and insole (not just steel shank)
- Earplugs or protective headphones (if you’re working with noisy equipment)
- At least two fire extinguishers (each with a UL rating of at least 10A)
Courtesy of the CDC
If sewage is involved, make sure to wear the following during your cleanup:
- Rubber boots
- Rubber gloves
Use teams to move heavy/bulky objects
- Have teams of at least two people work together to move heavy or bulky objects.
- Avoid lifting any material that weighs more than 50 pounds (per person).
- Cleaning up your home can be a big job. Be sure to take care of yourself:
- Rest when you need to.
- Decide which cleanup tasks are most important, and focus on those first. That way, you’re less likely to be overwhelmed.
- Get help lifting heavy or bulky objects. If you lift too much on your own, you could hurt yourself.
- Try to work with other people, so you aren’t alone.
- Get support from family members, friends, counselors, or therapists.
Stay safe in hot weather
- In hot weather, try to stay cool by staying in air-conditioned buildings, taking breaks in shaded areas or in cool rooms, drinking water and nonalcoholic fluids often, and wearing light and loose-fitting clothing.
- Do outdoor activities during cooler hours.
Along with staying safe, keeping children and pets safe afterwards is just as critical.
Courtesy of the CDC
In addition, during any cleanup activities following a disaster - no matter how minor - it is always important to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning as well as electrical hazards.
Here are two CDC resources that address both of these:
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After a Disaster
- Protect Yourself and Others from Electrical Hazards After a Disaster
There are a number of additional resources available to homeowners who want to know how to keep themselves and their homes safe, and how to stay safe in the unlikely event of some large natural disaster.
Cleaning Up After Disasters and Junk Hauling
Junk King provides efficient, safe and eco-friendly junk removal services that makes the process easy for you.
Our experienced junk and trash removal teams have the resources necessary to haul off any debris and other junk items quickly, easily, and cost-effectively. And we continue to maintain social distancing and following guidelines from the CDC in response to the ongoing coronavirus spread.
Our professional and insured junk removal and disposal team will call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive at your home. And, once we’re there, we’ll give you a free quote based on how much room your junk will take up in our truck or rental dumpster.
You can make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).