Health Tips After a Storm

Helpful Tips after a Severe Storm

When is it safe to reoccupy my home?
If you were ordered to evacuate your home, you must check with the mayor's office, town supervisor or local codes enforcement official before returning ...
Fri, 9 Nov, 2012 at 3:40 PM
What should I look for when coming back into a home that has experienced a flood?
Floods may damage the electric, gas, plumbing and sanitary systems in your house, which may affect the indoor air quality. If you smell natural gas or sulfur...
Fri, 9 Nov, 2012 at 3:41 PM
How can I know if my air quality is OK?
Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working, because carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that you cannot see or smell. Every home should have a carbo...
Fri, 9 Nov, 2012 at 3:42 PM
Who can I call if I have more questions about my indoor air quality?
Call the New York State Department of Health, Center for Environmental Health, Bureau of Toxic Substance Assessment, 800-458-1158
Fri, 9 Nov, 2012 at 3:42 PM
What precautions do I need to take to be safe when using electricity in flooded areas?
Remember, water conducts electricity. Don't run extension cords through flooded areas, use or touch electrical tools or appliances if you are standing i...
Fri, 9 Nov, 2012 at 3:42 PM
What should I do if there is an oil spill in my home?
First, you need to report it. If you see, smell or suspect an oil spill or any type of petroleum release in or near your home, call the New York State Depart...
Fri, 9 Nov, 2012 at 3:43 PM
What do I do if there is a mixture of oil and water inside my building?
Remove the oil before pumping the water out. For an oil film, absorbent pads may be sufficient to collect the oil. You can get these pads through an environm...
Fri, 9 Nov, 2012 at 3:44 PM
When can I restart furnaces and boilers?
Oil-fired furnaces or boilers should not be started until they have been checked by a service technician. The danger is that a furnace or boiler could give o...
Fri, 9 Nov, 2012 at 3:45 PM
Should I be concerned about health effects from flood water?
Flood waters may contain substances that are harmful to health. It may contain germs (e.g., bacteria, viruses) and chemicals that could make you sick. Take t...
Fri, 9 Nov, 2012 at 3:51 PM
How should my home and belongings be cleaned after flood waters have receded?
Porous, water-damaged materials and furnishings that cannot easily be cleaned (for example, in a washing machine) should be discarded.Hard, non-porous surfac...
Fri, 9 Nov, 2012 at 3:51 PM