Flood Safety Tips
IN BOSTON, MA
Since ancient times, man has learned to fear the destructive power of floods. Fortunately, our bad experiences with flooding have collectively led us to understanding them better and learning how to stay safe even in dire situations.
Being calm, knowing what to do, and having the mental presence to apply that knowledge, can make all the difference between safety and tragedy. Here are some essentials that you have to keep in mind before, during and after disaster strikes:
Prepare the structure
Homes and workplaces were built to stay dry. Significant water intrusion can impact the building’s structural integrity and ruin its contents. There’s not a lot you can do when a natural disaster floods an entire area, but you can limit the degree of water intrusion by building flood walls, sealing cracks in your walls, making sure your roofs don’t have holes and getting your water lines checked for rusting and chinks.
Pay Attention to Local News
Local TV and radio stations deliver constant advisories before, during and after flooding happens. Stay tuned so you know when it’s safe to stay home, when to evacuate and where you can go to for safety and assistance.
Pack up essential items
If flooding gets really bad in an area, expect food, water and electric supplies to be very limited. If your place is at risk of being heavily flooded, stock up on food, water and batteries for radio and lighting. Store all of these in a dry place and use them up conservatively until conditions go back to safe levels.
Heed evacuation calls
Local or State government units will do everything they can to let you know when it’s time to evacuate due to severe flooding. Don’t be stubborn and try to stay behind. Follow the instructions and hold your personal safety at the highest priority.
Seek higher ground if at risk for flash floods
Some areas flood a lot faster than others. If your place of residence is at risk from flash floods, move to higher ground immediately. Flash floods not only damage property; they also put human lives at grave danger.
Clear your indoors of unnecessary debris
If water gets indoors, the last thing you’ll want to have is furniture, appliances and other debris floating around. These things can obstruct your movement and injure you if you get hit. If your place is being threatened by water intrusion, try and get as much of the structure’s contents to the building’s higher floors.
Avoid walking in floodwater
Floodwater is unsanitary and it’s usually a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses and fungi. These microbes can irritate your skin and infect open wounds. To minimize the possibility of being infected, avoid floodwater as much as you possibly can. Even if you feel the floodwater is “clean” enough, stepping into it without a good reason is also a risky proposition. Less than a foot of flooding can cause you to lose your balance and fall. Being injured is, of course, not the position you want to be in during the middle of a flood.
Use personal protective equipment
If moving in the water is a must, put on protective clothing like boots and gloves. Direct skin contact with floodwater is an invitation for disease, so don’t give microbes the opening they need to inflict serious harm on you.
Get professional water damage restoration help
In the aftermath of a flood, the water can stay behind indoors and cause on-going flood damage to your property. This water needs to be extracted fast so that cleanup, disinfection and repairs can be made. Professional water damage restoration companies can do this for you. There’s no need to hire a plumber, carpenters and professional cleaners separately. Kennedy Restoration Services in Boston, Massachusetts is your one-stop, full-service provider.
When flooding is inevitable, you’ll increase your chances of staying safe by making informed and prudent decisions in every situation you face. Stay calm, well-equipped and sensible at all times. You should be OK.