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Storm Safety

 The powerful storms and flooding that swept through our area have left many people vulnerable to potential poisonings. 

Carbon Monoxide:

  • Generators emit carbon monoxide and should only be used outdoors. Never use a generator in an enclosed space, attached garage, or near open windows. Follow all manufacturer instructions for placement.  
  • Do not use gas powered machinery in areas with poor ventilation. 

Household Cleaners:

  • Follow all directions on household cleaning products.
  • Keep all cleaning products out of reach of children and pets. 


  • Following the flooding, some individuals may be using lime around their home. Exposure to lime can cause significant burns. Be careful with application of lime and do not let children or pets around the area where lime is used. 


  • Floods displace wildlife, including snakes. Snakes will attempt to seek shelter. During clean up, do not put your hands into places you can not see and be sure to wear sturdy shoes. 


Save the West Virginia Poison Center's number into your phone and keep the number handy for any questions relating to poisonings and the storm. Call our medical experts at 1-800-222-1222 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.