Flood Water Safety Tips
If you were impacted by recent flooding, make sure to practice caution as waters recede. Standing water can cause injuries and spread disease. Marlon Joseph, MD with Ochsner Health Center – Lapalco says to keep these safety tips in mind after flooding occurs:
- Drive Safely – Avoid driving through areas with standing water. It’s hard to tell how deep the water is and you could lose control of your vehicle or get stuck. Turn around, don’t drown!
- Use Safe Water – Flood water should not be ingested – it could make you very sick! Only use clean, safe water. Monitor local news and if a boil water advisory is issued boil water before drinking it or using it to cook. Click here for more boil water advisory tips.
- Watch Out For Electrical Equipment – Be careful when entering flooded areas or touching electrical equipment if the ground is wet. If water has been present anywhere near electrical circuits and electrical equipment, turn off the power at the main breaker or fuse on the service panel.
- Clean Carefully – Anything that flood water touched could carry germs. If water entered your home or car, be careful with what cleaning products you use to clean up. If you have any doubts about food or bottled water that was in contact with flood water, it’s best to be safe and throw it out.
Remember – safety comes first! If you have any questions or medical concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your medical provider.