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Health Tip: Improve Indoor Air After a Flood

Ways to reduce moisture

(HealthDay News) -- Water isn't the only problem that flooding can bring to your home.

Microorganisms including mold and bacteria can hamper indoor air quality and pose serious health risks.

Here are suggestions from the National Safety Council on what to do after your home floods:

  • Open up doors and windows to allow the air to circulate.
  • Open all closet and cabinet drawers and doors.
  • Make sure ducts and vents are clean before turning on the air conditioning or furnace.
  • Once electricity returns, turn on air conditioning, and set up fans throughout the home.
  • Use a dehumidifier to rid the air of moisture.
  • Don't use appliances such as portable air conditioners that were under water. Doing so could spread contaminants throughout the home.
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