Safety Tips After a Home Flood

In the aftermath of a flood, houses are susceptible to multiple dangers. When it’s bacteria, mold, power, or rapid streams — all pose a threat to your health and safety of the occupants. Here are the most frequent hazards following a home flood, and tips to prevent them: 

Diseases

  • Diseases can be contracted by drinking or eating contaminated products. Floodwaters can directly infect food with germs such as E. coli or Salmonella, or indirectly during a power surge.
  • Food that has come in direct contact with floodwater, including brewed beverages and products in jars, ought to be discarded. Intact, canned goods may be cleaned.
  • Perishable foods such as meat or eggs, which are left at over 5 degrees Celsius for over four weeks, should also be discarded.
  • All medicines, cosmetics, and other toiletries that have touched floodwater must be thrown away.
  • Individuals who’ve made contact with floodwater should practice good hygiene — wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Children must not be permitted to play in floodwater or with toys contaminated by floodwater.
  • Individuals who have an open-ended should cover it with a waterproof bandage and prevent exposure to floodwater.

Fast Flowing Waters

  • It’s essential to avoid driving through flowing water if it’s just a few centimeters deep. The automobile could break down or get swept away.
  • Those who opt to drive on flooded streets must monitor road conditions and obey closed signs. They should also be aware of road hazards like sand, construction debris, tree limbs, and potholes.
  • Walking through flowing water must be avoided as well. Rapidly moving water could be deadly, even for experienced swimmers.

Respiratory Hazards

  • Areas with mold, which can form within 24-48 hours of flooding, should be avoided. Mould must be eliminated before moving back into the house. For mold and water damage cleanup, a professional damage restoration company, such as PuroClean, ought to be hired.
  • Gas, propane, and diesel-powered equipment should be run only in well-ventilated outdoor areas to prevent carbon monoxide
  • It is ideal to stay away from construction materials that may contain lead, such as painted surfaces and pipes.
  • No one must enter areas where asbestos might have been used as a construction material.

Exposure to Chemical

  • Those people who are returning home after a flood should be aware of potential chemical hazards which floodwaters might have carried.
  • Just firefighters or other trained personnel should move propane tanks since they might cause a fire or burst.
  • It’s ideal to steer clear of flooded cars to avoid electrical shock and contact with acid that may have spilled from a damaged car battery.

Electrical and Gas Dangers

  • Electrical lines, wires, equipment, and fixtures should not ever be touched during and after a flood.
  • No one must walk or drive through floodwater if downed power lines are inside.
  • Property owners must not enter their homes if the main power switch wasn’t turned off before flooding. A qualified electrician should first declare the home safe before re-entering.
  • The home has to be evacuated if anyone smells methane gas inside.

To learn more about home flood safety, here are hints to shield homes from floods and how to keep water from a basement. The PuroClean Brampton team stands ready to give expert disaster cleaning and restoration services to any home affected by fire, water, or mold damage.