Residents may face a few hazards after the floods in recent days including basements with standing water, mold and contaminated water.
Because flood water may contain sewage, have infectious diseases, chemical hazards and could cause injuries, the St. Clair County Health Department provided tips on how to cleanup and ensure people’s safety after this weekend’s storms.
▪ Keep children and pets out of affected area until cleanup is completed.
▪ Wear rubber boots, gloves and goggles during cleanup.
▪ Remove items that cannot be washed and disinfected.
▪ Remove and discard drywall and insulation if it has been contaminated by sewage or flood waters.
▪ Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.
▪ After cleaning up, wash your hands with warm soap and water.
▪ All clothes worn during cleanup should be washed with hot water and detergent and separately from uncontaminated clothes.
▪ Private drinking water wells should be pumped out and tested before drinking.
▪ Electrical equipment should be checked and dried before use.
▪ Do not use candles, matches or gas lanterns before checking for gas leaks.
▪ Examine canned goods and bottles that have come into contact with flood water. Dispose of any cans of bottles that have corks or pop tops because they are impossible to clean. Eating or drinking anything contaminated by flood water can cause diarrhea.
▪ Cans are usually safe if they appear undamaged. Wash in a one-fourth cup of bleach in one gallon of water for one minute, then dry. If cans have pits or rust spots, that cannot be wiped off, discard.
▪ Do not allow children to play in flood waters
▪ Wash children’s hands frequently.
▪ Do not allow children to play with toys that have been contaminated by flood water unless they’ve been disinfected.