With the warmer weather coming around more often than not, the health unit is sharing some ideas to stay safe in a flood.

As the snow starts to melt across the county, The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Health Unit has some tips from several sources on how to deal with a flood, and what to do after a flood.

HKPR, while preaching preparedness, suggested that after a flood residents on a well boil their water for at least one minute before drinking it.

The biggest tip that the health officials offer is information. The health unit offers links to several government websites and resources, like the Ontario Flood Forecasting and Warning Program.

According to a link on HKPR’s website, in the event of a flood, it is encouraged to move essential items and chemicals to an upper floor if possible. As well it is suggested that you disconnect electronics, bring in outdoor furniture and never eat food that has been in contact with flood waters.

In terms of food, the health unit says there is a lot of risk in trying to salvage food that has been contaminated by flood waters, even canned goods. Health officials suggest thoroughly cleaning every surface before putting food back in or on that surface.

If you are outside during a flood, the best thing to do is move to higher ground and limit travelling in the rushing waters.

After a flood, the health unit suggests wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and washing your hands and skin after touching flood waters.

The health unit says that flood water can be mixed in with sewage. Although the germ concentration is limited, it still presents a risk.

A link to the flood safety tips can be found here.