If your house has been flooded, wear gloves and covered shoes when cleaning up, and treat any cuts with antiseptic. Apply a bandaid to the wound and see a doctor if injuries are serious.

After cleaning silt and debris from floors and other surfaces, disinfect the surfaces with household bleach or disinfectant.

Refrigerators and food storage cupboards should be thoroughly cleaned out and disinfected.

Be sure to thoroughly clean, using hot water and detergent, any cooking and eating utensils that may have come into contact with floodwater. Throw out any flood-damaged food.

Avoid unnecessary contact with mud and dirt, especially when you are cleaning up.

Always wash your hands with soap and water before handling food, and after handling pets that may have swum in contaminated water.

When cleaning up, especially outside, reduce the risk of catching diseases by:

  • wearing boots and gloves
  • putting waterproof bandaids on cuts and grazes
  • washing your hands thoroughly before eating or smoking
  • showering thoroughly with soap at the end of each day.

When cleaning up, reduce your risk of injury:

  • don’t try and do it too quickly, and get assistance if the job is too big
  • look out for snakes and spiders
  • clean scratches with salty water and apply a waterproof covering if needed – if the
  • skin around cuts becomes red or sore, see your doctor
  • be careful when operating chainsaws and other vegetation-clearing equipment,
  • wear protective clothing and keep children and pets away
  • even in cloudy conditions, protect yourself from the sun and ensure you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

For more information, call:

Burdekin Shire Council 07 4783 9800

Tropical Population Health Unit Townsville 07 4753 9000

https://www.health.qld.gov.au/public-health/disaster

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