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Flood cleanup advice given

September 2, 2011
The Leader Herald

The Fulton and Montgomery County public health departments are offering advice to people cleaning up after flooding.

According to a news release, the health departments recommend people:

Wear rubber boots, masks, and waterproof gloves during cleanup.

Remove standing water as quickly as possible as it can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

Ensure proper ventilation by using fans and dehumidifiers.

Walls, hard-surfaced floors and many other household surfaces should be cleaned with soap and water and disinfected with a solution of 1 cup bleach to 5 gallons of water.

All linens and clothing should be washed in hot water or dry-cleaned.

Items that cannot be washed or dry-cleaned, such as mattresses and upholstered furniture, must be air-dried in the sun and sprayed thoroughly with a disinfectant.

Steam-clean all carpets.

Replace fiberboard, insulation and disposable filters in your heating/cooling system.

Materials that cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried within 24 to 48 hours should be discarded.

Put garbage in watertight, rodent/insect-proof containers with tight-fitting covers and put in a convenient location away from your well.

Floodwater may contain fecal matter from sewage systems. Use portable toilets if you are unable to use the toilets in your home.

Food and water safety

Always wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Be sure water is safe to use.

Do not allow children to play in floodwater or with toys that are contaminated by floodwater.

Do not eat any foods that may have come into contact with floodwater.

Discard any food not in a waterproof container.

Canned foods can be used unless the cans are swollen, rusted, seriously dented or the contents cannot be identified.

Wash off food cans that are still sealed and disinfect them for five minutes in a bleach solution of 2 teaspoons of bleach per gallon of water.

Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers and deli items after four hours without power.

For more information, call Fulton County Public Health at 736-5720 or Montgomery County Public Health at 853-8268.



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