Safety Guidelines During Flood Cleanup

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After a torrential deluge, you will certainly face the arduous task of flood cleanup. If you have managed to survive and your home was partially damaged (in this case, filled with flood water along with mud and other debris), do not fret since cleaning up is pretty doable, add the fact that there are professional services that can help you out. However, there are a lot of dangers that can certainly complicate the situation which can earn you a trip to the local hospital. With that said, how can you ensure your safety during flood cleanup? Here are some guidelines:

 

Wear protective gear. The first thing you should worry about during flood cleanup is your personal and your family's safety. To attain this, you simply wear the following gear:

  • Rubber boots – wearing rubber boots during flood cleanup and while wading through flood waters will ensure safety from sharp objects that could cause wounds and infection on your feet. It will also prevent direct contact with the flood waters, eliminating the possibility of contacting water-borne diseases.
  • Waterproof suit and gloves – wearing these will prevent direct skin contact with the flood waters. Remember, the water is a cesspool of bacteria, toxic substances, viruses, parasites and other things that may cause health problems.
  • Goggles – protection for the eyes is an absolute necessity, given that during cleanup, muck and dirt will certainly splash and may fall on your eyes, which can cause infection and other hazards.
  • Face mask – you would not want to smell the heavy stench of mixed dirt and garbage right? Aside from which, you need to be able to protect yourself from fumes coming from cleaning products. This is also applicable if you are tearing up wooden walls – mold may thrive and you might end up inhaling the spores.
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Upon entering your home. After you have donned protective gear with flood cleanup in mind, be sure to take the following precautions:

  • The water may have damaged the main electrical systems. Before turning on a switch or the main power, be sure to have it checked by a certified electrician first. Never turn on appliance standing in a pool of water.
  • Before entering your home (presumably you have evacuated) be sure to at least open the doors and windows of all entrances and let the air out for half an hour before entering. If you have been gone for several days, already assume that mold has made it its residence already.
  • If your home has a strong smell of gas and volatile materials, open up all the entrances and immediately call emergency services. Do not do anything that may cause a spark (like lighting a cigarette) because a gas leak may have occurred.

Other tips. Be sure to do the following:

  • Completely dry off anything that has been affected by the flood, assuming that you have already disinfected and eliminated all the muck and mud. Use dehumidifiers, fans or the heat of the sun to do so. This minimizes the chances of mold growth.
  • In clearing up the basement, do so by employing the use of a gas pump.
  • If the task seems too much, hire professional services to help you out.
  • Lastly, be sure to dispose of the garbage and other materials properly!
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