Hurricane Harvey battered the Houston area and for many it is finally time to return home. The first day back home is an important one. Follow these tips to stay safe:
Beware of rodents, snakes, insects and other animals that may be on your property or in your home.
Before entering your home, look outside for damaged power lines, gas lines, foundation cracks and other exterior damage. It may be too dangerous to enter the home.
Smell for gas. If you smell natural gas or propane, or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and contact the fire department.
Turn the main electrical power and water systems off until you or a professional can ensure that they are safe. NEVER turn the power on or off, or use an electrical tool or appliance while in standing water.
If your home was flooded, assume it is contaminated with mold. Mold increases health risks for those with asthma, allergies or other breathing conditions.
Open doors and windows. Let the house air out before staying inside for any length of time if the house was closed for more than 48 hours.
Call Ruck Up for labor and removal needs.