The visible and hidden dangers of flood water


Have you seen television videos, flood victims who are flooded with water, children swimming in floodwater, cooling, and floating debris that run down to the bottom? Floodwater contains visible and hidden dangers What are they?

1. Fast stream. Minneapolis MN, in his web site, says six-inch fast moving water can weaken your legs. Quickly moving two legs can lift the car. The presence can move faster than it is seen. Children, the elderly and the disabled are vulnerable to the rapidly moving process.

2. Toxic chemicals. Flood chemicals depend on location. In agricultural areas, water may contain animal fertilizer, fertilizer and pesticides. According to CDC, the flood may also contain battery acid. OSHA reports that flood waters can also contain petrol, toxic waste or chemicals.

Dead and live animals. The flood waters are livestock – cows, pigs, sheep, birds, and pets. Dark, messy water also contains live snakes and rats that are dangerous for humans.

4. Electrical hazards. According to OSHA, flood water may be discharged from underground or electric power lines. The victims should not return to their homes until the electricity is turned off.

6. Dangerous debris. Rainfall waters can include rail links, trees, tree branches, home-made tanks, gas boilers, furniture, baby toys / toys, even homes. These heavy fragments can cause serious injuries.

7. Infectious organisms. The US Department of Labor says the flood can include E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, HEPATITIS A Virus and Typhoid. The flood water also enriches bacteria. "Permanent water pools become muscles, which increases the risk of Western Neil virus and encephalitis," says the West Virginia University Extension Service.

Though most floods do not cause serious flare, the best is ready. These tips will help you protect the flood dangers.

* Get a tubercle shot or guardian.

* Clothing rubber covers and gloves.

* Protect your eyes with face and facial facial mask.

* Use Insect.

* Handle your hands and feet.

* Drink bottled water from safe bottling plants.

* If there is no safe water, disinfect water with five drops of water per kilometer.

* Wash containers with water, as well as whitening solution.

* Wash hands with disinfectant water and soap.

* Clean open hooks and cuts in alcohol.

* Eliminate all contaminated foods, including clogged bushes.

The best way to fight the disaster is to get ready. For more information, please visit the American Red Cross website and type "Disaster Supply Schedules."


– American Red Cross, "Disaster Supply Set"

– The American Red Cross, "Restoring Your Flood Home"

– Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "After the Flood"

– City of Minneapolis, "Flood Safety"

– Department of Occupational Health and Health (OSHA), "Flood Cleaning"

– West Virginia University Extension Service, "How to Protect Yourself When You Fell After the Flood"

Copyright 2008 by Harriet Hodgson


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