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Tornadoes: Avoiding Indoor Environmental Hazards When Rebuilding

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Published on Apr 12, 2012

Although tornadoes are more common in certain parts of the United States, they have been reported in all 50 states. On average, tornadoes cause 70 fatalities and 1,500 injuries in the U.S. each year, but some years see much higher numbers. In a typical year in the U.S. sees over $1 billion dollars in property damage due to tornadoes.

Although many properties hit by a tornado may experience complete destruction, many more survive the storm with anywhere from minor to major property damage. They may be left with damage due to strong winds, hail, heavy rain and even flooding when roofs, walls, windows and plumbing are destroyed. Many of these properties can be rebuilt, but there are hazards aside from live electrical wires and leaking gas lines that people need to be aware. They include: mold, sewage, bacteria, viruses, chemicals, asbestos and lead

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