- Controlling humidity levels
- Promptly fixing leaky roof, windows, and pipes
- Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
- Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas
- Remove from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution od nor more than 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon water
- If using bleach:
- Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners; dangerous toxic fumes will be produced if mixed
- Open windows and doors for ventilation
- Wear non-porous gloves and eye wear
- If area is greater than 10 square feet, consult U.S. Environmental Protective Agency (EPA) guide Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
- Fix the moisture problem
- If using bleach:
Mold and your Health:
- Those sensitive to mold
- Mold can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing/wheezing, eye irritation, and sometimes skin irritation
- Those with mold allergies have more severe reactions
Mold and Your Home:
- Mold is found indoors AND outdoors
- Enters home through:
- Open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems
- Mold in the air can attach to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets
- Places with a lot of moisture may grow mold
- Leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there was flooding
- Grows well on
- Paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products
- Also grow in
- Dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery
Dangerous road conditions: There were 907,831 crashes due to wet pavement and 573, 784 crashes due to rain in a ten year average (2005-2014).
Chemical Hazard: Chemicals may have been washed from normal storage places and pose as a hazardous risk to public.
Electrical Hazard: There may be downed power lines hidden beneath water.
Insect Bites: Insects may be displaced after heavy rains and pose a threat. Standing water left by heavy rainfall produce ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Soil Erosion: Run-off caries fertilizer and other pollutants to large bodies of water and may reduce quality of drinking water. Soil build-up in river/steam; mud or landslides may occur.
Rain helps produce an environment that helps increase the growth of harmful germs and bacteria.
Infectious Disease: Most common: flu, cold, and respiratory infections.
Wound infections: Open wounds/scratches exposed to flood water may become infected.
Diarrheal Illnesses: Drinking/eating anything contaminated by flood water may cause diarrheal illness.
Mold: Flooding can cause household mold if home is not properly aired/dried out.
Caulk and seal windows
Missing, damaged, aging shingles
Positioned away from home
Check sprinklers/irrigation systems
Install gutter guards
Indoor Plumbing System
Inspect appliance hose and faucets for cracks and leaks
Replace them all every 5-7 years
Inspect shower and tub seals and caulking
Know location of main water shut-off valve
Install emergency pressure release valve
Check plumbing and heating pipes
- Water rapidly accumulates in the ground changing earth into rapid moving river of mud or “slurry”
- Occur quickly, and often with little to no warning
- Stay informed about changes in and around your home that can signal a landslide is likely to occur
- Able to travel several miles from the source and grow in size as it picks up tress, boulders, cars, and other materials
Fresh Christmas trees stay green longer and are less of a fire hazard than dry trees.
Checking for Freshness:
Fresh trees are green
Fresh needles are hard to pull from branches
Fresh needles do not break when bent between fingers
Trunk butt is sticky with resin
A shower of falling needles when the trunk is bounced on the ground = tree is too dry
Caring for Trees:
Cut off about 2 inches from the trunk for better water absorption
Trim branches as necessary to set trunk in base of stand
Keep water filled while tree is indoors.
Keep tree away from heat sources; heated rooms dry tree faster