No Contact With Flood Waters Advisory, Tips To Stay Safe During Flood Clean-Up
Michigan State Police and emergency managers want to be sure flood victims stay safe while recovering from the flooding.
The Health Department says not to have contact with flood waters.
The Health Department also recommends:
Avoid all body contact with flood waters.
Wear protective gear such as gloves and waders if in contact with floodwaters.
If you have been in contact with floodwaters, be sure you are up to date on vaccinations for Tetanus, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B.
Stay out of flooded basements until water recedes; wait before attempting clean-up.
If there is standing water over your septic tank, avoid flushing your toilets.
Avoid any unnecessary use of water to reduce the amount of sewage produced.
If you suspect floodwater has entered your well, do not use the water until it has been chlorinated by a professional well drilling or plumbing service.
If water must be used before it has been professionally treated, you should boil it for 3-5 minutes before personal consumption.
Once it has been deemed safe to return to your home, here are some tips on what you should do.
First off, if you have a well, you should flush out your water system to be sure your water isn't contaminated. A registered contractor can even come and disinfect everything for you.
Also, don't hesitate to reach out to your local health department for help.
If there is mold in your home, bleach is your best option. Experts recommend using a mixture of one cup of bleach to one gallon of water. But if you have more than 10 square feet of mold, it's best to call a professional to remove it.
Mold can cause serious health issues if not taken care of properly.
When you start repairing your home, be sure electrical breakers are off and there aren't any hidden, downed power lines near you.
And lastly, be aware that floodwaters in and around your home could contain chemicals or sewage and have hidden pieces of metal or glass floating around.