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GCHD Offers Tips for Safety After Flooding

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With the recent rain and additional rain in the local forecast there is a potential for flooding in Genesee County. The Genesee County Health Department would like to remind residents to stay safe and healthy as we enter in to a new season that can bring storms and flooding. Please follow the tips below to help protect you and your family during a flood:

  • Do not eat or drink anything contaminated with flood water because it can cause illness.
  • Practice good hygiene and hand washing.
  • Do not allow children to play in flood water areas.
  • Wash children’s hands frequently (always before meals).
  • Do not allow children to play with toys that have been contaminated by flood water and have not been disinfected.
  • Avoid exposure to flood waters if you have an open wound. Cover open wounds with a waterproof bandage.
  • Mold can cause serious health problems. The key to mold control is moisture control. After the flood, remove standing water and dry indoor areas. Remove and discard anything that cannot be thoroughly dried.
  • Be aware of potential chemical hazards during floods. Flood waters may have moved hazardous chemical containers of solvents or other industrial chemicals from their normal storage places.
  • Flood waters can displace animals and insects. To protect yourself and your family, be alert and avoid contact.

Seek medical attention if you become injured or ill during a flood. For more information, contact the Genesee County Health Department at (810) 257-3612.

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