Dangers of Flood Waters
SERVPRO Advises You to Stay Out of Flood Waters from Storms or Hurricanes
If your home has been flooded, you should try to stay out of the most heavily damaged areas and wait until our SERVPRO technicians give you the OK. However, this might not always be possible or even the best solution, and so you should be aware of unseen hazards present in flood situations. Avoid moving water, wear boots or at the least closed-toe shoes, and dodge these hazards that may be present from the flood.
Tack Strips and Broken Glass
When your home has sustained flood damage in Bayshore, you should take care around any remaining water and treat it as a potential hazard. This means that cuts, scrapes, and wounds (even if they are slight) are highly susceptible to infection or illness if they come into contact with any flood water. This is why we recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and preferably boots when anywhere in the home, as the tack strips from damaged carpets or other shards of broken material may open small wounds on an unprotected foot. If you have sustained even a tiny cut or scrape in a flood-damaged home, be sure to disinfect and treat the wound as quickly as possible.
Slips and Falls
Although this may seem obvious, it can be very easy to forget in an emergency situation the risk of slips and falls on wet surfaces. Shoes and feet alike can slide when on a smooth surface such as tile, wood, or concrete, and you should carefully watch your step for fear of serious injury. Also, cords, wires, and loose objects may present additional slip hazards, so watch your step and try to avoid these objects.
If you are in a small or confined space in the flood, seek to escape as quickly as possible. These spaces can quickly develop many hazards, including suffocating gasses, infectious surfaces, electrical malfunctions, and other factors. If you feel you are unable to escape from such confinement, call emergency services.
SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda understands the risks and procedures involved with a case of flood damage and has the equipment to help restore your home to normal at no risk to you or your family. Call us at the first sign of damage at (941) 575-5910.