Cumbrian health chief issues floods safety advice
Published at 20:36, Thursday, 19 November 2009
A Cumbria health chief has issued for health and safety advice for people caught up in the floods.
People are being advised to take extra precautions to stay healthy.
Dr Nigel Calvert, NHS Cumbria’s Associate Director of Public Health, said: “There are several precautions which people should take if they live in an area affected by flooding."
- Where possible, keep all medication on the second floor and, if possible, in a watertight container. Pack all necessary medicines in the unfortunate event of having to be evacuated.
- Wherever possible, try to avoid coming into direct contact with water you think may be contaminated.
- Parents should not let their children play in flood water and also ensure that any items suspected of being in contact with contaminated water are thoroughly cleaned before further use.
- Suitable waterproof gloves (such as household cleaning gloves) and wellingtons should be worn if it is necessary to come into contact with flood water.
- Cuts and other open wounds should be covered with a waterproof plaster.
- Hands should be thoroughly cleaned in hot water and soap after contact with water or other items suspected of being contaminated.
- Food or drink suspected of being contaminated should be thrown away.
- Don’t eat contaminated garden or allotment produce
- Wash down any contaminated surfaces with hot water and detergent or disinfectant. Thoroughly wash all crockery, pots and pans etc in hot soapy water.
- Don’t use electrical or gas appliances affected by flooding until they have been checked by a competent professional.
- Exercise particular caution if walking through murky water as this can often conceal hidden hazards.
- Anyone who has been in contact with contaminated water or sewage who develops diarrhoea, fever or abdominal pain in the following 10 days should seek medical advice.
Dr Calvert added: “As it is not always clear whether water is contaminated or not, local residents are urged to exercise caution, cover any cuts with a plaster, wear protective clothing such as waterproof gloves and wellingtons where possible, and avoid contact with water which is known to be contaminated with sewage. Hand washing is very important.”
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