Health & Safety advice
Floodwater may be contaminated by silt, sewage, oil or chemicals. Try to avoid coming into contact with it.
Wear protective clothing and wash your hands after any contact. Cover cuts with waterproof plasters.
- Don’t use damp electrical items – get them checked by a professional.
- Seek medical advice if diarrhoea, fever or abdominal pain affects anyone.
- Mould can be a health hazard for babies, people with allergies and the elderly (they should stay away during the clean-up).
Beware of fumes from petrol or diesel generators or gas heaters – they can kill. Do not use indoors. Electric pumps should only run through a circuit breaker.
If your garden floods
- Don’t let children or pets onto affected grass or paved areas until cleaned.
- Remove any toilet waste from affected areas by shovelling it into black bags, and sealing them. After the grass has grown and been cut once there should be no further risk as sunlight and soil will usually destroy harmful bacteria within a few weeks.
If you have children
- Don’t let them play in floodwater – they risk infections and drowning.
- Contaminated toys will need disinfecting.