You should always assume that flood water is contaminated and possibly toxic. Please don’t expose yourself unless absolutely necessary. Some of the most important rules to follow are:
- Confirm with local authorities that access to your home or business is allowed.
- Check outside for structural and electrical damage. Determine whether the property is safe to enter.
- Check for fire hazards and gas leaks.
- Turn off the main electrical switch. Do not turn it back on until you are certain there has been no damage to wires or appliances connected to the system.
- Always wear protective equipment (non-vented goggles, an N-95 or higher mask preferably with a respirator, waterproof boots or waders, and gloves).
- Clean and protect any wounds with waterproof bandages. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.
- Keep children and senior citizens away from flood water.
- Afterwards be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap before eating anything or touching your eyes and mouth.
*Remember to keep receipts for any protective equipment and cleaning supplies you purchased.
*Also photograph EVERYTHING! Here’s a great info graph on how to do that.
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