For Immediate Release: October 30, 2012

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center urges the community to tend to storm clean-up safely. "Be cautious walking through debri," said Thomas Brabson, DO, chairman, Emergency Services, AtlantiCare. "Nails and other sharp items could be hidden in debri or standing water. If you're walking through storm-damaged rooms, decks or porches, be aware the structures might be compromised."

Brabson said downed trees and roof damage also pose dangers. "Rely on professionals. They have the tools and the experience to handle the often treacherous post-storm work. Always wear appropriate clothing and safety gear - including goggles, gloves and work boots - and use well-functioning tools when doing yard or home work."

Brabson said in addition to post-storm cleaning, those using oxygen or on medication should call their care provider or pharmacy to renew prescriptions timely. "if you aor a loved uses oxygen and you are without power, call your local emergency management office."

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