BATON ROUGE – With expectant heavy rains and possible flooding in Greater Baton Rouge, make sure to practice caution as waters rise. Standing water can cause injuries and spread germs. Edith Mbagwu, M.D., with Ochsner Health Center – Denham Springs says to keep these safety tips in mind regarding flooding:
1) Drive Safely – Avoid driving through areas with standing water. The water is almost always deeper than it appears. Turn around, don’t drown!
2) Use Safe Water – Flood water should not be ingested – it could make you very sick! Monitor local news to check for a boil advisory. Click here for more boil water advisory tips. Also, avoid walking through flood water, if possible. Stagnant water can contain harmful bacteria.
3) Be Cautious Around Electricity– Look for downed electrical wires before entering flooded areas. Do not touch electrical equipment if the ground is wet. If water is present anywhere near electrical circuits or equipment, turn off the power at the main breaker first.
4) Clean Carefully – Anything that flood water touched could carry germs. If water entered your home or car, be mindful of the cleaning products you use and ventilate the area after cleaning. If you have any doubts about food or drinks that were in contact with flood water, it’s best to throw them out.
Remember – safety comes first!
In case of injury, seek immediate medical care. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an Ochsner practitioner, call 225-761-5200 or visit www.Ochsner.org/info to schedule online.