Colorado flood victims: Be careful when returning home

10:27 AM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - On Thursday, 9NEWS Medical Expert Dr. John Torres focused on all the dangers that could be lurking in homes when residents return to start the cleanup and recovery processes.


The Centers for Disease Control has some really useful tips regarding staying safe after flooding:

When returning to your home after a hurricane or flood, be aware that flood water may contain sewage. Protect yourself and your family by:

  • Keeping children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed
  • Wearing rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area
  • Removing and discarding items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as, mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and most paper products)
  • Removing and discarding drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters, thoroughly cleaning all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.

The CDC says homeowners can help the drying process by using fans, air conditioning units, and dehumidifiers.

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