Flood Safety

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When flooding occurs there are many dangers you need to consider.

Here we are going to discuss just a few of these.

 

This is not a complete list of dangers during a flood.

 

 

Some risks are pretty obvious like drowning or getting swept away by deep or moving water, but some may not be so obvious.

We are going to try to help you understand these damages and what to do to protect yourself.

 

Electrical Hazards

Whether the flood is in your home a flooded street, the danger from electrical shock is very serious.

There can be electrical appliances or wires in the water that you cannot see.

Electricity can travel great distances in water.

If you home or basement is flooded and there may be appliances submerged in the water do not go anywhere near the water.

If you can get to the breaker box without getting in the water, shut the electricity off to be safe and prevent the possibility of fire.

 

Contamination Hazards

Water picks up anything it comes in contact with.

If there are chemicals in your home and they get flooded they can be dispersed in the water.

If the flood came from outside it picks up all kinds of stuff from outside like gas and oil from cars.

If your water came from a sewage backup then it will be contaminated with human waste.

 

Disease Hazards

The risk of disease from water is much higher than you may think.

Dirty water is one of the main ways disease is spread.

There are so many things you can get from contaminated water; Hepatitis, Polio, Sars, Dysentery, E coli, and the list just goes on and on.

 

Mold Hazards

If water damage is not treated properly it can cause mold to grow in your home.

Mold can cause many health problems.

What To Do

The safest way to deal with a flood is to have professionals take care of the problem.

If there is a severe danger like appliances sparking or the smell of gas fumes, get help right away, by calling 911.

 

If there is no imminent danger call 1-800-FLOODED at 1-800-356-6333

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