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Flood Cleanup

Environmental Health

The severe weather over the weekend has created havoc for many families as they deal with the aftermath.  If you have been affected by a flooded basement or sewage backup, there are safety precautions you can take to reduce your risk of infection while cleaning up.

  • Avoid contact with contaminated surfaces by wearing rubber boots, rubber gloves, and eye protection.
  • Make sure your tetanus immunization is current -- within the past ten years.
  • Clean all hard surfaces with hot water and laundry or dish detergent then disinfect with a solution of one cup chlorine bleach in five gallons of water.
  • Discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (for example, mattresses, carpeting, rugs, upholstered furniture, toys, stuffed animals, etc.)
  • Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated.
  • Help the drying process by using fans, air conditioning, and dehumidifiers to prevent mold.
  • Allow the home to dry completely before installing new materials.
  • Wash hands thoroughly after cleanup.
  • Contaminated clothes should be washed in hot water and detergent.
  • Keep children and pets away from the affected area.

You can call us at the Health Department (371-2980) if you need a tetanus booster or would like additional information about cleanup of flood water.  You can also check out the following websites:

http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/floods          http://www.epa.gov/mold/flood          http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/eh/DisasterHealthSafety/flooding.htm

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