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Town of Surfside
9293 Harding Avenue
Surfside, FL 33154
Telephone: 305-861-4863
Fax: 305-861-1302

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Safety Tips and Information for Miami-Dade County Residents After Hurricane
Safety tips and information for Miami-Dade County
residents during the hurricane aftermath
(MIAMI, September 12, 2017) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and the Office of Emergency Management urges residents to adhere to the following information regarding post-hurricane safety tips and information.
Electrical Safety
  • Miami-Dade residents are warned to stay away from fallen electrical wires. Do not touch fallen or low-hanging wires under any circumstances. A wire that appears harmless could be crossed with a live wire and could be deadly. Whether on the ground, hanging free, or attached to an object - do not touch it. 
  • To report downed power lines contact FPL at 1-800-468-8243.
  • Stay alert on roadways. If a traffic light is not working it is to be treated as a four-way stop sign.
  • Stay away from puddles because they could be in contact with fallen wires.
  • Do not cut trees or limbs that are touching or even near power lines. When reinstalling a radio, TV or satellite antenna, first check in all directions and ensure that no power lines are nearby.
  • Everyone, especially children and pets, must keep away from power lines, trees in contact with power lines and crews conducting repairs to power lines.
  • Turn off lights and appliance switches until power is restored in your neighborhood. This will avoid power system overloads that may further delay electric service. Please be patient.
  • Florida Power & Light (FPL) is in the process of restoring service as quickly as possible.
Generator Safety
  • Never use a generator indoors or in any enclosed or partially enclosed area, even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide from building up in the home. 
  • Ground your generator according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
  • Place the unit outdoors on a dry surface, away from doors, windows, vents, and air conditioning equipment that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  • Do not connect your generator directly into your home’s wiring system. It is a fire hazard and poses a risk to FPL personnel restoring power to your area.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
  • Carbon monoxide fumes emitted from the generator are toxic and can be lethal.
  • Do not burn charcoal or gas grills inside a house, garage, vehicle, tent or fireplace.
  • Install battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms or plug-in carbon monoxide alarms with battery back-up in your home, according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
  • Test your alarms frequently and replace dead batteries.
  • Remember that you cannot see or smell carbon monoxide, and portable generators can produce high levels of carbon monoxide very quickly. 
  • If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air right away.
  • If you have a poisoning emergency, call your nearest Florida poison information center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911 immediately.
Conserving Water
  • Use water when needed and do not let it run.
  • Water in Miami-Dade County is still safe to drink. There is no boil-water order at this time. 
  • If you experience very low pressure, which is normally caused by uprooted trees, it is recommended to proactively boil your water prior to drinking, cooking, brushing your teeth, washing dishes or making ice when service is restored.
Chainsaw (Electric or Gas-Powered) Safety
  • Wear a hard hat and goggles to protect yourself against flying splinters and chips. Because a power saw is noisy, you should also wear hearing protectors.
  • Do not wear slippery shoes or baggy clothing that could catch in the brush and cause you to fall; always watch your footing while working.
  • Stop the engine and do not smoke when refueling your chain saw. Do not spill gas on a hot engine. Use a filtering funnel or a gas can with a flexible hose to fill the fuel tank.
  • Shut off the saw when carrying it from one tree to the next if working conditions are hazardous - heavy brush, slippery ground surface or steep slopes.
  • Carry the saw with the guide bar pointing to the rear, or point the bar to the front if you are going downhill.
  • Even if you do not need an assistant, someone should be with you in case of an accident.
  • Have a first-aid kit nearby. If someone is cut, cover the wound with a clean cloth and press hard to stop the flow of blood. Get the injured person to a doctor or hospital immediately.
Residents may access official Miami-Dade County emergency information at, call the 311 Contact Center or follow us @MiamiDadeCounty on Twitter and Facebook.