Even when the actual amount of water is limited, floods can be extremely dangerous. Along with the danger the water alone poses, other hazards like contaminants in the water and electrocution make flooding even more dangerous.
At Clean Image Services, our number one priority is ensuring our client’s safety before and after a flood. Below are four ways you can prioritize your safety during a flood and avoid putting yourself in any unnecessary danger.
Though obvious, it’s still worth noting that the best way to ensure your safety during a flood is to prevent flooding in the first place. Simple steps like cleaning your yard before a storm, replacing pipes and appliances when they get worn out, and keeping your drains clear are simple steps but they will significantly reduce the likelihood of a flood in your home.
Even if the floodwater is clear and seems safe, that is no guarantee. You should always wear protective gear when coming into floodwater. In a worst-case scenario, the gear could be protected from extremely harmful bacteria and microorganisms in the floodwater. But even if the water was totally safe the whole time, there is little cost to wearing protective gear. You should also consider using respiratory protective gear since contaminated water can release harmful particles into the air. Finally, the need for protective gear is one reason why it’s best to have a professional water damage restoration company handle the restoration process so you don’t have to deal with it on your own.
To get where you need to be, maybe even to a safer place, it may be tempting to drive through what seems to be just a small amount of floodwater. However, driving through floodwater is NEVER advisable and can be extremely dangerous. You have no idea how deep it is! If you try to take your car through it, you could end up with water in your engine – which will ruin the automobile. There’s also a serious danger of being swept away in swiftly moving water.
Walking carries similar dangers. The bacteria mentioned previously are a danger, as are invisible objects hitting you underwater. They can cause serious injuries and even cause you to lose your footing and potentially drown in deep enough water.
At the end of the day, the best way to guarantee your safety after a flood is to avoid the flooded area as much as possible and rely on professional water damage restoration experts to take on the job for you. At Clean Image Services, our technicians are equipped to handle all the different kinds of dangerous situations brought on by floods so you don’t have to.
All in all, flood safety is nothing to take lightly. If you ever find yourself affected by a flood, make sure you follow the advice above to avoid subjecting yourself to any unnecessary danger.