In the aftermath of the weekend’s floods, affected persons are today being advised to protect themselves and family members from contaminants in flood waters.

Flood waters may carry silt, raw sewage, and microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can make food unsafe and cause diseases.

Persons are reminded to clean up safely:

  1. Wear personal protective equipment, including rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during clean-up of affected area. Wear closed-toe shoes, long-sleeves, and full-length pants.
  2. Use rubber or latex gloves to protect your hands.
  3. Keep children and pets out of the affected area until clean-up has been completed.
  4. Open as many windows as possible to allow air flow.
  5. Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and household bleach solution.
  6. After completing the clean-up, wash your hands with soap and clean water.
  7. Wash all clothes worn during the clean-up in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.