Flood Safety Tips For You and Your Home

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- Flooding in the area can easily put you, your family, and your home at risk. Don't be caught in a dangerous situation because you didn't know what to do.

Water in the basement can bring a few un-seen hazards.

"When the basement fills with water obviously you have sewage problems, look at your furnace and your water heater," said City of Lansing Emergency Manager Michael Hamel.

Before you step in the water make sure you turn your power off, or risk being electrocuted. You don't want your furnace or water heater to turn on while submerged in water. Only once it's drained can you check the appliances. If you suspect there may have been water damage call an electrician.

No matter what type of furnace you have don't take the risk.

"Even if it's a gas furnace your pilot may have gone out and you turn it on, and you have gas that could cause a health risk," said Hamel.

Sewage tends to be another common hazard with flooded basements. If you have a sewage problem you should be able to tell pretty easily. It will be coming back up the pipes. Make sure that everything the water touches is decontaminated.

"It's a hazard to the person. It's not good to walk in, stand in, or touching. If you have anything that if you can't wash or decontaminate you'll have to throw it away," said Hamel.

Any food that touches the water needs to be thrown away, keeping backups in your home is a good idea. Hamel suggests keeping three days worth of bottled water and dry food in you home.

If you have pets make sure they don't play in the water or drink it as it could make them sick. Don't take any chances, get them to the vet right away if they start acting sick after a flood.

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