Flood Safety Tips
When you are in the midst of a flood, remember:
- Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths, mostly during flash floods. Currents can be deceptive. Two feet of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you walk in standing water, use a pole or stick to ensure that the ground below has not washed away.
- Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else. If there are road barriers, do not drive around them; the road or bridge may be washed out. Remember: Turn around, don’t drown.
- Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. Electrocution is the second leading cause of flood-related deaths. Electrical currents can travel through water. Report downed power lines to the local power company or Emergency Management.
- Shut power off at the breaker. Some appliances, such as televisions, keep electrical charges even after they have been unplugged. Do not use appliances or motors that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned, and dried.
- Look out for animals, especially snakes. Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to poke and turn things over to scare small animals away.
- Look before you step. After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris, including broken bottles and nails. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be very slippery.
- Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Do not smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.
For more information, please call 281.336.6293.