Be prepared before, during, and after a flood using the following tips.
Don’t Walk Through Flowing Water
Drowning is the number 1 cause of flood deaths. Currents can be deceptive; 6 inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you walk in standing water, use a pole or stick to ensure that the ground is still there. It may seem like a lot of fun, but it is not a good idea to let your children play in flooded areas. Besides the danger of drowning or injury, a person can become very sick if the water is ingested, as it may contain bacteria and other pollutants.
Don’t Drive Through a Flooded Area
Don’t drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out or the water may be deep. A car can float in only 2 feet of water.
Look Before You Step
After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris that may include broken glass. Wear study shoes that have a thick non-slip sole. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be very slippery.
Stay Away from Power Lines and Electrical Wires
The number 2 flood killer after drowning is electrocution. Electrical currents can travel through water. Report downed power lines to National Grid.
Have Your Electricity Turned Off by National Grid
Some appliances, such as television sets and computers, keep electrical charges even after they have been unplugged. Don’t use appliances or motors such as in your washer or dryer that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned and dried. and never enter a flooded basement unless you know the power has been turned off. The water level may be above the electrical outlets or there may be a submerged electrical cord.
Be Alert for Gas Leaks
Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don’t smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area ventilated.
Throw Away Food
This includes any canned goods that have come in contact with floodwater.
Remember to Help Your Neighbors
Assist your neighbors, especially those that are elderly have disabilities or those with young children.