Cleveland OH (PRWEB) June 25, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage and flood restoration service in the country, is offering tips on how to remain healthy in the aftermath of major flooding or a flood damage event. Floods occur in all fifty states, year round, and are the single most common natural disaster in the United States.
The damage caused by flooding is not restricted to property destruction. People living in flooded out areas may also be plagued by problems with airborne diseases, contaminated food, bad water supplies, and mold that develops in water damaged houses and businesses. The key is to be aware of the various problems and take appropriate measures to avoid them.
Private wells should be considered contaminated if the well casing has been underwater. Well water should be avoided for drinking or bathing until the system has been properly flushed out, disinfected, and tested for any signs of contamination. In cases where the flood water did not overrun the well, but came within a close distance of it, contamination testing should still be performed.
Carbon monoxide poisoning kills more than 500 people in the US each year, usually due to devices such as generators, grills, and other propane or charcoal burning devices being used inside homes. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that is undetectable until the harm has already been done.
Children should be kept safe following flood activity by preventing them from playing in or around floodwaters, as well as those areas that may have been recently affected by flooding. Strong contaminants such as sewage may remain that can present significant health hazards.
If toys have been damaged by sewage, discard them. Children love to put toys in their mouths. Any toys that have been exposed to non-sewage flood waters should still be cleaned, disinfected and sanitized just to make sure they are safe.
In the event of power failures, do not open refrigerators or freezers as this will accelerate the spoiling of the food within. Refrigerators and freezers may retain their interior temperatures for up to 48 hours if left unopened. Sealed non perishable food items may be safe following a flood, but any other foods should be thrown out.
Contaminants in flood waters include fungi, bacteria, parasites, and viruses, and they may be transmitted through simple skin contact, although cases such as this are uncommon. The threat may be eliminated by simply washing hands and taking frequent showers after being exposed to flood waters. .
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading water restoration providers in the US, with service in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.