The Oklahoma Department of Health is offering the following simple steps for safely cleaning up after spring storms.


 


1. Anyone in need of a tetanus shot should contact their local county health department or their personal physician. Tetanus shots are recommended for anyone who hasn’t had a tetanus booster within the last 10 years.


The Oklahoma Department of Health is offering the following simple steps for safely cleaning up after spring storms.

 

1. Anyone in need of a tetanus shot should contact their local county health department or their personal physician. Tetanus shots are recommended for anyone who hasn’t had a tetanus booster within the last 10 years.

 

2. When using a chain saw follow the instructions, wear a hard hat, safety glasses, ear plugs, thick work gloves, chaps, and boots. Always hold the saw at waist level or below, and make sure that others remain far away. Take extra care in cutting “spring poles” (trees or branches that are bent, twisted, hung up on, or caught under another object during a high wind).

 

3. Carbon monoxide poisoning is also a concern with the use generators near homes. Never use a generator inside homes, garages, crawl spaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.

 

Generators should be a sufficient distance from a home and anyone feeling dizzy around a generator should immediately get outside to fresh air.  In addition, never connect the generator directly to the home’s electrical system due to the potential of backfeed electricity harming crews trying to restore power.

 

For more storm recovery information, visit the Coping After The Storm section of the Oklahoma State Department of Health website at www.health.ok.gov.