FLOOD CLEAN-UP GUIDELINES
"Food, water, and just about anything flood and sewer water touches may be contaminated," said Sara Sparkman, TCHD Communications Manager. "Most importantly, stay out of flood waters! People do not know what is in the flood waters.”
To avoid illness, it is important for people to make sure their water is safe to drink and to clean all items touched by flood waters properly. Flood water and sewer overflows can contain bacteria, fecal material, viruses and other organisms that may cause disease. Cleanup after the flood is important to prevent injury and disease. Follow these guidelines:
* Air out and wipe dry all appliances and...
Illinois Department of Public Health Safety Tips for Heat
SPRINGFIELD - With high temperatures expected over the next couple of days, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah, M.D., J.D. is urging Illinoisans to take preventive actions to avoid heat-related illness like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
“It’s important for people to recognize the signs of heat-related illness and take action to prevent becoming sick. High heat and humidity can lead to...
Illinois Department of Public Health Provides Flood Safety Guidance
Food, water, safety, and cleaning information
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., is urging residents in and around flooded areas to take precautions to help prevent disease and stay safe.
"Flood waters can contaminate food, water, house appliances, and just about anything it touches," said Director Shah. "To avoid illness it is important for people whose...
Stay Safe Around Flood Waters
More Heavy Rain Expected this Week Raises Flood Concerns
SPRINGFIELD – With more heavy rains expected to fall later this week on already saturated ground, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today urged Illinois residents to stay safe around flood waters.
In addition, IEMA today conducted a...
A consumer's Guide to Food Safety after severe storms & hurricanes
Food Safety During An Emergency
Did you know that a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power from high winds, snow, or ice could jeopardize the safety of your food? Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness. This Consumer’s Guide (click for pdf) from the USDA will help you make the right decisions for keeping your family safe during an emergency.
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