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Caution urged when cleaning storm damage

News Release — Vermont Department of Public Safety
May 19, 2017

Mark Bosma

WATERBURY, VT – A series of strong storms caused considerable damage in areas of Vermont on Thursday and early Friday. Utilities are working to restore power to homes and road crews are clearing roadways, removing debris and making repairs to public infrastructure wherever needed.

Private homes and other private property suffered damaged in the storm. Many property owners are also cleaning debris left behind by the high winds. If your property was damaged in the storm you are urged to document damage and contact your insurance company.

Vermonters are also advised to practice caution while cleaning up after the storm:

· Respect all detours on roads.

· Never touch a downed power line and treat all as if they are live. Electrocution can be fatal.

· When clearing debris, ensure it is not in contact with power lines. Electric current can pass through branches, trees, and other objects into your body.

· If you are without electrical service for an extended period, ensure the safety of you and your family.

o Never operate a generator indoors – run them outdoors and away from open windows and doors. Generator exhaust contains Carbon Monoxide (CO) and if inhaled CO can cause illness or death. Symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu; if you suspect CO in the home, go outdoors and call for help.

o Never use any heating or cooking source indoors that was not meant to be used indoors. Grills should never be used in the home as that too could cause CO to build up in living areas.

o Ensure you have smoke and CO detectors in all living areas of the home.

· Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs and leftovers) that have been above 40 °F for 2 hours. The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.

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