Health department: make caution a priority during flood clean up
While many throughout the region are still waiting for flood waters to recede, others are beginning the daunting task of clean-up to homes and storage properties.
During this time, Southern Seven Health Department reminds everyone to use caution when clearing debris and removing water.
What’s left behind after a flood can include mold, unwanted pests like snakes, spiders and other insects, contaminated drinking and cooking water, and unsafe food.
Victims of a flood must take whatever steps necessary to insure the health and safety of everyone involved in the clean-up process.
Southern Seven recommends wearing insect repellent to combat mosquito and tick bites.
Use sunscreen to help prevent sunburn. Wear protective footwear such as water boots if working in standing water.
Have a current tetanus vaccination (which is valid for 10 years). Wash hands frequently. And stay hydrated while working.
Consider all unsafe water supplies. Listen for public announcements about the safety of your area’s water supply and follow all instructions.
Never eat any food that may have come in contact with flood water.
Throw out all food left in freezers and refrigerators even if your electricity is on when you return.
If you have been gone for several days, there may have been prolonged power outages during your absence.
Have all gas lines and electrical sources checked for damage.
If your home is served by gas, do not turn on lights, use candles, oil or gas lanterns or torches, as these may cause an explosion.
There are many things to consider during flood clean-up when it comes to keeping your family safe and healthy.
For more information, contact Southern Seven Health Department at 618-634-2297, or visit southern7.org online.