DISASTER QUICK TIPS:
BASIC HEALTH SAFETY
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Scrub hands often with soap and water. Then use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if it is available. Wash hands:
- Before touching food or your face;
- After using a toilet;
- After touching items touched by flood water or sewage;
- After flood cleanup; and
- Dry off with paper towels if you have them, then throw towels out.
Clean Surfaces that Hold Food
Do all four steps to clean surfaces:
- Use soap and warm, safe water;
- Rinse with safe water;
- Soak 1 minute with a mix of 1 Tablespoon household chlorine bleach per gallon of safe water;
- Allow to air dry.
Do not eat – throw out – food that may be unsafe:
- Food likely to spoil;
- Food and containers of food and drink that may have been in contact with flood water, including unopened cans and bottles with screw caps and “pop tops;” and
- Food with an odd odor, color, or feel.
When in doubt, throw it out!
If your water well has been flooded, it is most likely not safe to drink.
- Use only water from a known, safe source for drinking, cooking, making ice or baby formula, dishwashing, or brushing teeth.
- The safest water choices at this time are bottles of water you buy at a store or water boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute. Local officials may have more information.
- Use caution if you use flooded well water for bathing. Showering is not advised.
Gasoline Powered Engines
- Gasoline engines are used to pump water or make power. Always use them outside -- never indoors.
- Use gasoline engines away from enclosed spaces. Do not use in garages, open windows, doors, vents, or air intakes.
- These engines make poisonous gases like carbon monoxide. This deadly gas has no odor, color or taste. It can cause illness or death.