Being around flood waters can pose some serious health risks.
In today's Health Minute, reporter April Williams gives us tips on how to stay safe.
When a home gets flooded, not only do home owners have to deal with the loss of property, it's also imperative to take precautions to ensure you stay healthy.
The CDC recommends throwing away food that may have gotten contaminated by flood waters as well as perishable items that have been sitting out at temperatures above 40 degrees for 2 hours or more.
If possible, boil water for at least a minute to kill bacteria before drinking.
When it comes to water for cleaning, you should add a small amount of unscented bleach to water and let it stand for about a half an hour.
To help prevent mold, cleanup and dry out the home quickly, within 24 - 48 hours if possible.
Be diligent about disinfecting food surfaces such as kitchen counters. And if you have children, carefully clean their toys as well.
Watch out for downed power lines and turn off the electricity if you suspect your wiring has gotten wet.
Wounds and cuts exposed to flood waters may become infected so cover them properly. Only brush your teeth with clean, safe water. And during flood cleanup, make it a policy that everyone in the family wash their hands often.
For today's Health Minute, I'm April Williams.
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