Homeowners who returned to a mess after the storm are armed with chainsaws, moving large piles of debris and climbing ladders.
There have been no known deaths related to storm cleanup,
An estimated two dozen people have been treated at
? A person fell from a ladder last week after inspecting the roof with an insurance adjuster.
? Someone tripped and fell in a driveway while cleaning debris.
While there haven't been many people admitted with major injuries,
The continued cleanup comes with safety warnings.
For many who didn't hire professional help, using a chainsaw might be unfamiliar -- and potentially dangerous -- territory.
"That's the scary part right there -- people who don't use it on a regular basis," said
Ashmore said he saw a man standing on a log while operating a chainsaw above his head.
For those using chainsaws, Ashmore recommends ear and eye protection, chaps to protect your legs and steel-toed boots. Don't reach above your head or out with the saw, and make sure the area is clear of other people and pets, and that both feet are on the ground, he said.
Broken trees and branches that have not fallen will remain a safety issue.
Ashmore, who is also a
Federal work safety officials have been in the area ensuring rules are being followed and passing out personal protective equipment, Ashmore said.
The Greenery employees have been told to watch out for live power lines, fire hydrants, water mains, snakes, alligators and other dangerous pests when moving debris piles.
"Just be aware of your surroundings," Ashmore said. "We've got a long way to go, a lot of cleanup to do. People are tired; people are fatigued.
"Stay hydrated, stay focused and stay steady."
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