The important thing now is that residents avoid further harm and damage while emergency responders prepare areas for reentry and reconstruction. It will be difficult, but I have confidence in New Jersey residents and know we will recover.
Marlton, New Jersey (PRWEB) November 01, 2012
Millions of people across the northeast have been impacted by the recent, disastrous weather, which is why Console & Hollawell’s hurricane injury attorneys in New Jersey want to ensure that all those affected by Hurricane Sandy are aware of the dangers still facing them even though the storm has passed. Recent estimates show that the storm may have caused as much as $50 billion in damage throughout the northeast, according to Yahoo! Finance.*
South Jersey personal injury attorney, Richard P. Console, Jr. expressed his sadness seeing all of the damage this storm has caused.
“The Jersey Shore will never be the same,” Console said. “The important thing now is that residents avoid further harm and damage while emergency responders prepare areas for reentry and reconstruction. It will be difficult, but I have confidence in New Jersey residents and know we will recover.”
Console urges all to heed the warnings recently released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) regarding hazards following major storms such as this. The report** explained that there are several hazards facing victims of Sandy right now, including:
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
These injuries and damages can come as a result of downed power lines, candles being used due to lack of power, and generators, according to the CPSC report.** They warned that carbon monoxide is one of the deadliest threats facing our residents right now because it is a ‘silent killer.’** You cannot see or smell the dangerous gas that could be leaking from your generators. Exposure can result in deaths before those affected are even aware of its presence.
To avoid these extreme hazards, Console suggests that everyone:
- Stay away from downed power lines, you have no way of knowing if the lines are charged.
- Never leave candles burning when you are not in the room. With the winds still fairly high in much of the region, one spark can cause a monumental fire. Blow out candles when you leave a room and relight them only when you are in that space.
- Do not keep your gas-powered generator inside. Storing a generator inside can put you and your loved ones at a great risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Console & Hollawell, P.C. have been representing victims of accidents and tragedies throughout New Jersey since 1994. They have assisted thousands of people get the compensation they deserve. Contact them today to find out about your legal options in light of Hurricane Sandy.