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Severe weather safety tips from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department

1:38 PM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Emergency Preparedness Division of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department released on Wednesday these guidelines to follow in severe weather:
 
•    Do not allow children to play in flood waters due to the potential for drowning and hazardous materials (chemicals, debris, sewage, etc.)
 
•    Remember to Turn Around, Don't Drown if you come across standing water.
 
•    Six feet of water can cause a driver to lose control while driving.  18-24" can move an SUV off the road while at a complete stop
 
•    Use caution while driving due to the potential for hydroplaning
 
•    Heavy rain overwhelms drainage systems, so temporary flooding and standing water should be expected and is not necessarily an indication there is a problem with the drain or ditch
 
•    Residents should secure any items outside that could wash into a ditch or drain - yard debris, trash cans/lids, for sale/rent signs, kiddie pools, etc.
 
•    Report floods or flood damage at 630CITY.coj.net or call 630-CITY (2489).

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