Water Pollution Control

Safety After a Major Storm

Watch where you step. Floors and steps may be very slick and there could be debris hidden from view. Wear rubber boots and gloves. Watch for water, mud, snakes, loose flooring, holes and nails.


  • Prior to entering any building, check for structural damage. Make sure the building is safe and nothing is in danger of collapsing. If possible, turn off any outside gas lines and let the house air out for several minutes. Call the gas company to check your service if you suspect or smell a gas leak.

  • Stay away from any electrical appliances or electrical wires if wet or near water. Do not attempt to shut off electricity if the breaker box is wet or near water. Call an electrical service company to assist you.

  • Don't use an open flame as a light source. Use only battery-operated flashlights to examine areas and buildings.

  • Be sure children are safe and cared for at all times. Never leave young children alone or allow them to play in a damaged or flooded building.

  • Wear protective clothing on your legs, arms, feet and hands while cleaning up debris. Wash hands thoroughly and often with antibacterial soap and water.

  • If contaminated by flood waters, the following should always be discarded: food, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, mattresses and pillows, foam rubber, carpeting and padding (unless they can be professionally cleaned), books, and paper products. If there is any doubt, throw away anything that has been saturated.

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