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Protecting Hampshire in the Floods - keeping safe and healthy

Friday, 14 February 2014

As flood warnings and alerts remain in place across the south of England, Hampshire County Council wants the county's residents in areas affected by flooding to take some simple steps to protect their health.

Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, Cllr Fairhurst, said: "While teams across the County Council are doing everything possible to help and support Hampshire residents during these difficult times, we are also working with Public Health England to ensure residents have the right information and advice to stay healthy."

This includes:

  • Do not let children play in floodwater and take care if you or your family must go into flood water as there could be hidden dangers like sharp objects, raised manhole covers and pollution.
  • Wash your hands regularly. If clean water is not available use hand sanitising gel or wet wipes.
  • If you have been flooded, or live near a river in flood remember that accidents happen in fast flowing floodwater so avoid walking or driving in or near floodwater.
  • It's important when cleaning up after a flood to never use outdoor petrol or diesel generators indoors even in the event of a power cut. The exhaust fumes may contain carbon monoxide which can kill in a confined space such as a home. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal.
  • After being flooded, do not turn on gas or electrics until they have been checked by a qualified technician.
  • Avoid eating food that has touched flood water and clean all work surfaces before and after preparing food.

If a flood has been forecast pack a 'flood kit' in case you need to leave your home.

Remember:

  • phone numbers, insurance documents, bank cards and money
  • medicines and medical devices, hearing aid batteries, glasses and contact lenses
  • clothing, toothbrush and personal items. If you have a baby, pack nappies, clothing and baby food

Cllr Fairhurst added: "We hope that by encouraging people to take these sensible precautions, we can minimise the risk of infection and injury. People with health concerns can obtain advice from the NHS Choices website, NHS 111 or speak to their local Pharmacy or GP. Adult Services are available on 01329 225390 if people are concerned about the health or safety of elderly or vulnerable neighbours and friends."

The latest information on flooding and public health advice is available on the County Council's website www.hants.gov.uk and via Public Health England.

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