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During flood cleanup, Victorians should be cautious of mould, electrical damage, and sewage.

by Jasbinder Singh

Victorians who have been impacted by floodwaters have been warned to be on the lookout for a variety of health and safety issues during clean-up.

Drowning, injury from sharp objects, electric shock from downed power lines, and illness from contaminated floodwaters are all potential risks in the aftermath of flood disasters.

Here are a few things to keep an eye out for during a flood clean-up:

Floodwaters have dangerously risen in Traralgon.

Hazards

Your property’s gas and electricity supplies could be harmed. Before you use your supplies, you should have them checked by a qualified electrician.

Your home’s structural integrity may also be jeopardised, and it should be declared safe by a qualified building surveyor.

Animals and insects

When cleaning, keep an eye out for wild animals such as rodents, snakes, and spiders that may be lurking around your house.

Mosquitoes can also breed quickly in flood environments and transmit diseases, so cover your skin with light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants. Use insect repellent.

Asbestos

When removing asbestos-containing materials from buildings, take precautions.

Cars have submerged underwater in Traralgon.

Mould

Mould can grow as a result of flooding and must be removed before you can re-enter your home.

Sewage

Sewage may seep into your home as a result of flooding. Flooded areas must be disinfected and cleaned.

Contact with floodwater contaminated surfaces can spread infectious diseases like gastrointestinal infections and hepatitis A.

Traralgon, in Gippsland, has been one of the hardest hit areas.

Food and drinking water

Any food that has had direct contact with floodwater must be discarded, including anything with an unusual colour, smell, or texture.

Perishable foods that haven’t been refrigerated in more than four hours, as well as canned foods that are open or damaged, should be discarded.

If the cans came into contact with floodwater, wash them for two minutes in bleach.

Water can also be contaminated, so don’t drink any tap water until you’re sure it’s safe to do so.

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