The following common sense guidelines can help you from the dangers
- Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in cars
than any where else. Do not drive around barriers.
- Do not walk through flowing water. Currents can be deceptive.
Six inches of water can knock you off your feet.
- Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. If your house
is about to be flooded, turn off the power at the service box.
Electrical current can travel through water. Electrocution is the
2nd leading cause of death during floods.
- Be alert to gas leaks. Turn off the gas at your house before it
floods. If you smell gas, call 911. Do not use candles, lanterns or
open flames if you smell gas or are unsure if your gas has been shut
- Keep children away from the flood waters, ditches, culverts and
storm drains. Flood waters can carry unimaginable items that have
dislodged themselves. Culverts may suck smaller people into them
rendering them helpless.
- Clean everything that has been wet. Flood water may be
contaminated with sewage and other chemicals which pose severe
- Look out for animals. Small animals that have been flooded out
of their home may seek shelter in yours.
- Do not use gas engines, such as generators, or charcoal fires
indoors during power outages. Carbon monoxide exhaust can pose
serious health hazards.