Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | April 7, 2010

Jeffrey M. Sanders says use common sense in working around flood waters this spring in Kentucky.

It is springtime in Kentucky, and we want everyone to be safe around flood waters.  So we offer the following common sense advice:

  • Wash your hands before drinking and eating
  • Wash frequently using soap — especially disinfecting soap
  • Do not smoke
  • Limit direct contact with contaminated flood water
  • Pay attention to any cuts or open wounds and limit exposure to flood water
  • Pay attention to any unusual symptoms and report them to health care professionals
  • Keep vaccinations current

Public and emergency response personnel should follow guidelines from federal, state and local health and safety professionals. Early symptoms from exposure to contaminated flood water may include upset stomach, intestinal problems, headache and other flu-like discomfort. Anyone experiencing these and any other problems should immediately seek medical attention.

General precautions to reduce contact with contaminated flood include routine washing with soap, and not eating or drinking while in contact with flood water. These common sense precautions may significantly reduce potential exposure and illness. Anyone with open-wounds or pre-existing conditions should seek immediate consultation to prevent possible illness.

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