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Protect yourself from injury after a tornado

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management urges residents to be safe during clean up and recovery efforts in the wake of severe storms that affected the state on Saturday night.

Injuries can happen when people walk among debris and enter damaged buildings. Common causes of injury include falling objects and heavy, rolling objects. Because tornadoes often damage power lines, gas lines or electrical systems, there is a risk of fire, electrocution or explosion. Protecting yourself and your family requires promptly treating any injuries suffered during the storm and using care to avoid further hazards.

Here are some safety precautions that could help you avoid injury after a tornado:

—Continue to monitor the news for emergency information.

—Be careful when entering any structure that has been damaged.

—Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris.

—Wear safety glasses or protective eye wear when w...

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