YOU MUST NOT LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE UNTIL:
- The regular water supply has been inspected and officially declared safe for use.
- Every flood-contaminated room is thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and surface-dried.
- All contaminated dishes and utensils have been thoroughly washed and disinfected, either by using boiling water or by using a sterilizing solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 4 parts water; then rinse dishes and utensils thoroughly.
- Adequate toilet facilities are available.
|DO NOT EAT FOOD that was submerged in flood waters|
Health officials recommend disposal of the following food stuffs:
ALL FRESH OR DRIED FOODS
CANNED GOODS (if damaged and showing signs of leakage)
HOME CANNED OR BOTTLED FOODS (contamination can gather under caps)
After the Flood
- Have the house inspected for structural damage to ensure there is no danger of collapse.
- Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage, particularly in
foundations. Wear rubber boots & gloves to avoid electrical shock and contamination.
- If you notice a strong gas odour, do not enter. Call your local gas company immediately.
- Let the building air out before entering to remove foul odours or escaped gas & do not heat above 4°C, to reduce mould and bacteria growth.
- If water occupies the home, pump out one-third of the flooded water each day. Further
damages to the structure can occur by pumping water out too quickly.
- Add 2 litres of bleach to the remaining flood waters every 3 days to keep down the growth of bacteria and mould.
- After flood damage, fuel oil/propane lines, equipment and appliances must be checked, and
all leaks repaired and pressure tested by a licensed gas fitter.
- DO NOT handle live electrical equipment in wet areas. DO NOT use electrical equipment
exposed to floodwaters until it has been professionally checked and serviced.
- Service damaged septic tanks and fields and outhouse pits as soon as possible. Damaged
sewage systems are serious health hazards.
- Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.