You can do lots of things to stay safe after a flood. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health offers these tips to help you and your family stay safe during a flood and when cleaning up after the flood.
Turn Off the Electricity
If there is electrical equipment in the water, it could be electrified, and you could get shocked. Be sure to turn off the electricity in all flooded rooms in your home or business as soon as possible.
Stay Out of the Water
Do not drive or walk into floodwater! It can be deeper than you expect and you could get stuck.
Floodwater moves quickly! It can sweep even good swimmers downstream.
Floodwater is not clean! You can get cut or hurt by debris floating in the water. There also might be small amounts of chemicals or sewage that could make you
Wash your hands. You can get sick if you eat, drink or smoke after touching the water or things that have been spoiled by the flood.
Protect yourself. Wear waterproof gloves, boots, and other protective clothing while cleaning. These clothes should be thrown away or washed after cleanup is completed each day.
Call your health care provider if you get cut or hurt by something in the floodwater, ask about getting a tetanus shot.
Call your health care provider if you or a family member has any of the following:
• Fever over 100 degrees
• Severe stomach cramps
First turn off the electricity in all flooded rooms. Remove all water by mopping, pumping, wet vacuuming or clearing drains.
Clean and dry thoroughly all wet light fixtures (Don’t turn the electricity back on until they are dry!)
1) Throw out: