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Health Tip: Cleaning Up From a Flood

Health Tip: Cleaning Up From a Flood

08/29/13

(HealthDay News) -- If your home has been flooded after a recent hurricane or rain, make sure you take precautions to avoid making yourself sick.

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 water.
  • 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 ointment.
  • If you feel sick or are injured, get medical help immediately.
  • Promptly launder any clothing that you wore during cleanup in hot water with detergent, in a separate laundry load from uncontaminated clothing.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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