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FAQ Topic: Health & Safety Precautions

Sensitive People, Children, and Pets

Sensitive People People with asthma or other lung diseases, pregnant women, and the elderly or very young should exercise special caution because they may be more susceptible to health effects from the ash. Children Do not allow children to play in ash. Wash and clean all children’s toys carefully after possible contamination. Children should not … Continued

Use Caution!

Wear sturdy shoes (steel toes and shanks are recommended) and clothing Hazardous chemicals and conditions may be present Inspect propane tanks for visible damage before turning on Covering clothing is recommended, when in proximity to ash. Wear gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants to avoid skin contact, whenever possible. Goggles are recommended. Contact with wet … Continued

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Cleaning and sanitizing your household after an emergency is important to help prevent the spread of illness and disease. Clean and sanitize surfaces in a four-step process Wash with soap and hot, clean water. Rinse with clean water. Sanitize by immersing for 1 minute in a solution of 1 cup (8 oz/240 mL) of unscented … Continued

Keep Your Indoor Environment Clean

Frequently clean indoor surfaces and follow by wet mopping to reduce exposure to ash indoors. Use only high efficiency particulate air (HEPA-filter) vacuum cleaners. Shop vacuums and other common vacuum cleaners do not filter out small particles, but instead can put particles back into the air where they can be inhaled. For more information: Returning to … Continued

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