If flood waters or sewage fill your basement, you MUST clean properly to prevent you and your family from becoming sick or injured. Do Not bring children into the flooded area during clean-up! The following are suggestions on how to clean up a flood or sewage problem.
Water from wells that have been flooded should be considered unsafe and should not be used for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, dishwashing or clothes washing. Well water should not be used until it is confirmed safe. Pick up sample bottles for testing water from the local health department.
If you must use some of the well water, do the following:
The following guidelines should be followed when entering a flooded area with gas and/or electricity present:
Foods that are contaminated can make you and your family sick. They should be dealt with in the following manner:
Clothing, carpets, furniture, toys and/or bedding should be discarded unless they are cleaned and disinfected. Movable objects could be put outdoors to be cleaned and dried in the sunlight. Discarded clothing should be placed in a tightly closed container until pick-up or disposal.
After clean up, make sure that all clothing and parts of the body that came in contact with the flood waters and sewage are thoroughly washed. Be sure to wash hands immediately afterwards.
Persons engaged in cleaning operations should be particularly mindful of their personal hygiene. Contaminated fingers should be kept away from eyes, nose, and mouth. Persons are advised against smoking at this time because soiled fingers carry disease germs to the cigarette and then to the mouth. After clean-up, hands should be thoroughly cleaned using a nail brush and a lot of soap.
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