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Do you know how to stay healthy during a flood?

Jamaica Health tips online flooding
Almost every year Jamaican's go through heavy rains and tropical storms sometime even hurricanes. Jamaicans should not take the flooding associated with these conditions lightly, staying healthy and safe should be your number 1 Priority.

Here are some things to keep in mind during and after a flood in your area

DRINKING WATER: Drinking water that comes from the pipe is usually safe to drink, but during and after a flood one should boil all drinking water from the pipe. You can also use bottled water for drinking and cooking until you get confirmation from the health officials that it is safe to use the tap water. FLOOD WATER CONTACT Flood water can contain disease-carrying germs from sewage.  Wear rubber gloves and boots while working in contaminated areas: wash hands thoroughly when finished and before eating or preparing food.  Assume anything touched by floodwater is contaminated.  If you can't wash or disinfect it (carpet, insulation, Sheetrock, furniture) throw it away.

FOOD SAFETY Discard boxes, glass jars, or other non-waterproof food packages that may have been in contact with floodwater.  You can wash and disinfect cans.SEPTIC SYSTEMS Stop using your sewage system if your septic tank or drain field becomes flooded, if waste water begins to enter your home through plumbing or fixtures or drains, or if raw sewage or “grey water” is visible on the surface of the ground, as a result of waste water leaking from your system. After the flood waters recede, check tanks and other distribution system components for flood waters.
Some information sourced from wasecacounty.com

Have you been affected by the current flooding?

9 Comments to Do you know how to stay healthy during a flood?:

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