April 26, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Tips for Protecting Health, Safety During Floods

Rain levels accumulated over the past few days have already caused flooding in some areas. As water levels reach such levels, the threat of flooding increases which could cause potential health and safety issues. If water enters your home or business, take precautions to avoid potential health and safety concerns during cleanup.

Avoid contact with flood water whenever possible. Flood water may contain contaminants and unseen hazards. If you must come in contact with flood water, wear rubber boots, rubber gloves and goggles during clean up. Immediately wash with soap and water after cleanup and wash all clothing worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.

Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater including:

Other items may be successfully cleaned.

Be sure to protect yourself while cleaning up.

Avoid electrical shock and damage to items by ensuring that any electrical appliances that have been in contact with floodwater are thoroughly cleaned, reconditioned and dry before operating them.

For more information contact: Katie Towns-Jeter MPH, Public Information Administrator, 417-874-1205

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