Whether you are a cleaning professional or a home or business owner, staying safe during a cleanup is important. It is critical that everyone involved in a cleanup or on site understand basic safety rules and follow them to avoid serious injury or even death.
After an earthquake, flood, tornado or other natural disaster, or after a fire or other man-made event, there are dangers around that can affect everyone. The rescue workers who respond first may be in particular danger, but that does not mean that residents or cleanup workers cannot be exposed to danger weeks after the event. In order to stay completely safe and avoid injuries, rescue workers, cleanup specialists and residents must comply with all basic safety precautions.
One of the most dangerous factors facing those who come into a residence or business after a disaster is electrical power. Electricity can pose a problem in several ways after a disaster; for one thing, electrical power tends to be cut off after an event and people forget that the lines that are down might be live later. Also further disaster could strike at any time, and most people are not prepared by turning off all their appliances and pulling their electrical circuit breakers or fuses.
One important safety rule during a cleanup is to assume that all electrical supplies are live unless you know for certain that they have been cut off. Always leave electrical cutoffs to the experts and never enter standing water in which electric wires may be present; if in doubt, stay away. Call and report any downed power lines immediately after an event and stay away from lines until professional help arrives.
While most people have at least a rudimentary understanding that electrical lines may be unsafe, many people have little understanding of how dangerous biohazards can be. Contamination of water supplies is always a huge concern after an earthquake or flood, but many people do not realize how dangerous this type of contamination can be.
It is critical that people who are faced with the possibility of contaminated water, refrain from entering the water, touching it with the bare hands and especially ingesting it. Only professionals can make the determination that water is safe to drink or bathe in. Bottled water should be ingested and used for bathing until water supplies are professionally cleared for use.
The professionals at J&M Keystone work with cleanup groups and residents to provide assistance after a disaster for professional cleanup and restoration service. They will work with subcontractors and safety experts to make sure residents and groups are safe when reentering buildings. After an emergency, call J&M Keystone for help.
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