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Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 5:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 7:14 AM
— If your property suffered tornado damage, here is what you need to know about debris cleanup safety, scams and insurance claims.
“Stop. Don’t react because of the anxiety you have of the mess that’s in your yard or the damage that is done to your property,” said John North, president and CEO of the Dayton BBB. “You have to do your research.”
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office said tree trimming scammers may:
The BBB is also urging residents to beware of storm chasers of out-of-state contractors soliciting business
Last year, home improvement scams, especially ones that go door-to-door, was listed in the top five riskiest scams, according to the BBB.
Handle debris, cleanup safely
On Tuesday, area hospitals treated at least 130 people sustained injuries related to the storm. The number of injured patients rose throughout the day.
Kettering Health Network hospitals said the increase in patients Tuesday was due to people sustaining injuries while cleaning up tornado damage.
Before you pull out the chainsaw, remember there are some safety tips you need to follow. A chainsaw has more power per inch than most other tools, which requires extra attention to safety.
If you come across downed power lines, assume they are live.
If your home or vehicle was damaged in the storms Monday, AAA is offering the following tips:
Homeowner insurance claims
Auto insurance claims
Greene County has released several ways residents can dispose of storm debris.
In Montgomery County, residents can drop off yard waste at the Solid Waste District, 1001 Encrete Ln. in Moraine from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Contractors can drop off debris at $36 per ton.