Floodwater is dangerous to you and your kids. Be aware of the different reasons below.
Disease-causing micro-organisms like E Coli, Hepatitis A, Cholera are just some of the germ infestations that we can find in raw sewage. It is extremely dangerous to victims who have open cuts and wounds that can be severely infected by contaminated water.
Raw sewage can contain the following:
- Urine & Feces
- Feminine sanitary products like tampons
- Toilet paper
- Cleaning products
- Laundry products
- Personal hygiene products like shampoo and soap
Whatever has been flushed down the toilet or down the drain goes to floodwater and is considered as raw sewage!
Contaminated floodwater may cause upset stomachs, intestinal problems, headaches and other flu-like symptoms; for open wounds watch for redness, oozing pus, swelling and soreness.
Factories or uneducated individuals could have dumped different chemicals in rivers or that are harmful for the body.
- Dead & decaying animals
- Vehicle fluids like oil, gas, anti-freeze
- Decaying & rotting vegetation
- Toxic chemicals
- Pestiides, herbicides, fertilizers and animal waste
Flood water may contain sharp and dangerous objects that are potential risks to unsuspecting victims who are walking in floodwater. These unseen sharp objects may puncture or cut your skin. Sharp objects submerged in floodwater can cause tetanus, E. Coli, and staphylococcus (staph infections).
These sharp objects could be
- Broken glass
- Barbed Wire
- Metal fragments
- Trees & branches
- Syringes from garbage
Potholes, open manholes and hidden rocks
Children (and adults) may lose their footing and strain a muscle or turn an ankle or worse they could be knocked unconscious and drown, if they trip over hidden rocks or slip into open manholes or potholes.
Floodwater can camouflage potholes, open manholes and hidden rocks. Open manholes can become suction devices that can sweep away victims in an instant.
Water source contamination
Potable water may not be safe to drink, used for cooking or cleaning after a flood. Floodwater can contaminate potable water with bacteria, sewage, heating oil, agricultural or industrial waste, chemicals and other substances that can cause serious diseases. Always assume that your water is contaminated until fully tested. Teach your children to refrain from the following:
- Drinking from drinking fountains
- Drinking from the hose
- Drinking water from your tap
- Cooking with tap water
- Washing dishes or bathing with your tap water
- Brushing your teeth with tap water
- Washing fruits, vegetables and meat with tap water
Floodwater is dangerous. Keep safe.
Featured photo by Aaron Favila