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Staying safe, after the flood

Tamara Parris

After a flood there are still safety concerns we need to be aware of because there are many unseen dangers. Not just at home, but in our worksites also.

Here are some things to consider after a flood to decrease risks the that are present:

  • - Clean and disinfect everything that got wet.
  • - Often the Floodwaters will pick up sewage and chemicals, spoiled food, and other containamnets which are health hazards.
  • - Any soaked carpeting, rugs or padding should removed and discarded.
  • - Always look and check where you are walking.
  • - After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris  which include broken glass, nails and wires.
  • - Many times floors and stairs will be covered with mud which can be very slippery.
  • - Using large fans will help speed the drying process and curtail the growth of mold.
  • - Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths.
  • - Keep in mind there could be flash floods, and that just six inches of rapidly moving water can knock you off your feet.
  • - For safety if you MUST go through keep to an area where water is standing.
  • - It is a good idea to use a pole or stick to test that the ground is solid under the water surface.
  • - Do not drive through a flooded area because you can still drown in the car.
  • - Observe road barriers because the road or bridge could be washed out.
  • - Stay away from power lines and electrical wires.
  • - Keep in mind that electrical current can travel through water.
  • - Try your best to report downed power lines to your utility company.
  • - If the water level are high enough so your appliances were soaked, make sure to turn off your electricity until they can dry out. 
  • - Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage.
  • - Avoid smoking or using candles, lanterns or open flames unless you have confirmed the gas has been turned off and the area is well aired out.
  • - Carbon monoxide exhaust can kill.
  • - Always use your generator or other gasoline-powered machine outdoors.
  • - Use your camping stoves only outside, and remember fumes from charcoal are deadly.
  • - Watch for animals, especially snakes.
  • - Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. 
  • - Are you covered for flood damage? Policies for mobile or manufactured homes may include coverage for flood damage, unlike standard home policies. 
  • - In many cases Flood damage to automobiles may be covered under the comprehensive portion of an auto policy. 

 

September 12, 2017 @ 10:50 AM EDT

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