Health Tip: Cleaning Up From a Flood
(HealthDay News) -- If your home has been flooded after a recent
hurricane or rain, make sure you take precautions to avoid making
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how
to clean up after your home has been flooded:
- Don't reenter your home unless authorities have told you the
structure is safe.
- Make sure there's no leak of carbon monoxide -- a deadly
odorless, colorless gas -- from the furnace.
- Discard anything that can't be washed and/or disinfected.
- Once you've finished the cleanup, thoroughly wash with soap and
- If your community has a boil-water advisory in effect, make
sure to only use boiled or bottled water to clean and wash.
- If you notice any open sores, cuts or wounds, carefully wash
them with soap and safe water, and apply an antibiotic
- If you feel sick or are injured, get medical help
- Promptly launder any clothing that you wore during cleanup in
hot water with detergent, in a separate laundry load from
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