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SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties – The Risks of Standing Water

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties – The Risks of Standing Water Staying Healthy Around Standing Water in Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties

Staying Healthy Around Standing Water in Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties

Any standing water in Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties can be a powerful source of diseases. Even a small puddle can pose a risk. Floods are worse because there is so much more water.

Sewage, dead animals, and rotted plants can be in flood water. If the flood water is indoors, there might be rotted food.

Virus and bacteria can cause diarrhea or vomiting. There are many different problems that standing flood water can pose against your well being and most are all exceedingly unpleasant.  To reduce your chances of catching something, SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties says:

  • Wash your hands after contact with the flood waters.
  • Wash dirty clothes and towels in hot water. Use bleach if possible.
  • Use bleach or other disinfectant on hard surfaces.
  • Remember that you can shake hands with an infected person and get infected. That means you need to wash your hands before you eat.
  • Do not allow children to play in the flood water.
  • Wash children’s hands before meals.
  • Disinfect toys before letting children play with them.

According to the CDC cuts and rashes can become infected, protect yourself and others in Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties:

  • Avoid flood waters if you have an open rash or a cut.
  • Clean cuts or rashes. Cover them with a waterproof bandage.
  • Clean cuts with soap and clean water.
  • If a cut becomes red, swollen, or is oozing, get medical attention.

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