If your home has suffered a flood it's not just the structural and electrical damage you have to worry about; there's also probably a massive cleanup job to tackle. This article deals with the safety precautions you should take while you get things back to normal.
- Wear the right kit
When cleaning, remember to wear protective clothing such as wellington boots and household rubber gloves.
- Cover wounds
Cover any cuts with a waterproof plaster if involved in the cleanup.
- Don't use electricity
Don't use electrical circuits or equipment exposed to flood water until it has been checked by a qualified electrician.
- Dispose of all food
Throw out food which the flood water has reached (it's probably contaminated).
- Wash your hands regularly
The single most important precaution is to wash your hands after any contact with flood water or sludge, particularly before eating or preparing food.
- Avoid contaminated water
Consider all water unsafe until local authorities confirm that the public water supply is safe. Don't even use it to brush your teeth, wash dishes or wash/prepare food. Ensure you're stocked up with an adequate supply of safe water from local stores.
- Sterilize kitchen implements
Any crockery, utensils or cookware that's been in the floodwater must be cleaned and boiled in fresh water before use.
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