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4 Top Flood Water Safety Tips for 2024

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If you have been impacted by flooding, make sure to practice caution as flood waters in the street and surrounding areas start to recede, as standing water can cause injuries and spread disease. Keep these flood water safety tips in mind when flooding occurs.

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  1. Drive safely. Avoid driving through areas with standing water. It can be hard to tell how deep the water is and there's always a chance you could lose control of your vehicle or get stuck. Turn around, don’t drown!
  2. Use safe water. Flood water should not be ingested – it could make you 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. Learn more about boil water advisories.
  3. 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 or electrical equipment, turn off the power at the main breaker or fuse on the service panel.
  4. Clean carefully. Anything that flood water touched could carry bacteria. If water entered your home or car, be careful with what 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.

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