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Things to do when there is a flood

Things to do when there is a flood

Switch off electrical and gas appliances, and turn off services off at the mains. Carry your emergency kit and let your friends and family know where you are going.

Avoid contact with flood water it may be contaminated with sewage, oil, chemicals or other substances.

If you have to walk in standing water, use a pole or stick to ensure that you do not step into deep water, open manholes or ditches.

Stay away from power lines electrical current can travel through water. Report power lines that are 
down to the power company.

Look before you step-after a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris, which may include broken bottles, sharp objects, nails etc. Floors and stairs covered with mud and debris can be slippery.

Listen to the radio or television for updates and information.

If the ceiling is wet shut off electricity. Place a bucket underneath the spot and poke a small hole into the ceiling to relieve the pressure.

Use buckets, clean towels and mops to remove as much of the water from the affected rooms as possible.

Place sheets of aluminium foil between furniture wet carpet.

Things you should not do when there is a flood:

- Don’t walk/ swim through flowing water. Don’t drive through flooded areas.

Don’t eat food that has come into contact with flood water. Don’t use any damaged electrical goods.

Don’t use electrical equipment while standing on wet floors, especially concrete.

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