GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The American Red Cross of Greensboro is offering some quick tips for safe clean-up after this week's storm:
•Wear proper safety gear like gloves and safety glasses.
•Stay away from power lines.
•Never use candles or matches for light.
•Stay away from damaged buildings or structures.
•Never operate gasoline-powered equipment indoors.
Always stay away from power lines, even if you think there is no electricity. Downed power lines pose a particularly dangerous threat in areas where there are lots of people trying to clear fallen trees and branches from roads and lawns. Let the professionals handle this job. It's not worth the risk. If you see a downed power line that is sparking or on fire, call your local power company immediately.
If a building has snow on top, there is the possibility it could collapse under the weight, especially if the roof is flat. It may be best to stay away from the building until the snow has melted.
There is lots of work to be done but there's no timeline for getting it done. Take your time. Don't over-do it to prevent injuries or a heart attack, if you are doing work you aren't used to. Get friends and neighbors to help. Take care of one house as a team and then the next house as a team.
For more information, visit the Red Cross website.
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