Health Tip: Going Home After a Flood

Be sure to follow these safety precautions

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(HealthDayNews) -- If you've been forced from your home due to flooding, take the following safety measures when you return, advises the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency:

  • Don't turn the electricity back on if you smell gas or if the electric system has been flooded.
  • Wear sturdy boots and gloves.
  • Don't handle electric equipment in wet areas.
  • Use flashlights, not lanterns, candles or matches, to check building containing natural gas, propane, or gasoline.
  • Find out from local officials whether your water is safe to drink.

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