Preventing Illnesses After a Disaster

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When it comes to disasters, there are many articles that inform you how to take preventative safety measures to either avoid them or ways to deal with them. But once a disaster is over, there are dangers that still exist. They include numerous ways you could become ill due to the aftereffects of a catastrophe to your Colorado home and/or neighborhood.

The following are some disaster-related factors you need to know about in order to keep yourself safe from illness:

  • Animal and Insect-Related Threats

    Stray animals and insects often seek shelter in places they normally don’t during natural disasters, especially flooding and hurricanes. This can bring wildlife and people closer together and increase the risk of animals spreading diseases like leptospirosis and rabies. Never interact with stray or wild animals to avoid catching their illnesses and getting bitten.

    If you come across a dead or sick stray animal, don’t try to capture or care for it on your own. Call the local authorities to handle the situation.

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is a dangerous gas that may cause serious illness and even death if breathed in. CO is impossible to detect without proper equipment as it’s colorless and odorless. So be sure you install a CO detector. Natural disasters sometimes rupture gas lines on your property, releasing carbon monoxide.

    If you even suspect your gas lines have been disrupted, don’t use a gas oven or furnace because they could add more carbon dioxide to the air. Don’t use generators, grills, or propane, gasoline, or gas-burning devices inside or near your home. If you want to cook food or adjust the thermostat, don’t risk it. Instead, evacuate your home and look to family, friends, or a community shelter for help.

  • Flood Borne Diseases

    Flood waters carry with them a host of dangers. One of them is bacterial contamination. Many floods cause sewer overflows, releasing dangerous chemical waste and harmful microbes. These can make you very ill, especially if you swallow any or if it comes in contact with your eyes, nose, or open sores.

    Leave flood damage cleanup to the professionals. If you’re forced to have physical contact with floodwaters, wear protective clothing, and where your skin or clothing touches the water, wash as soon as possible. Also, make sure you keep up with all vaccinations.

  • Food and Drinking Water Dangers

    During a disaster, electricity and water lines may be disrupted and tap water can become tainted. Be wary of food and water after a fire or flood because some of it might no longer be safe for consumption. Lack of electricity can spoil food and water can be contaminated with microorganisms, chemicals, and sewage waste, which makes it unsafe for drinking, cooking, and bathing.

    Once a disaster passes, only consume food and water from a trusted source. Listen for public announcements to find out when it’s safe to use the local water supply. Meanwhile, use bottled water or boil water to disinfect it.

Take Extra Precautions to Keep Yourself Well

Illnesses and diseases can quickly spread after a disaster. Be sure to wash your hands often. Use disinfectant wipes or soap and warm, clean water to eliminate the germs off your hands. Disinfect your water source by boiling it or mixing in bleach and allowing it to sit for half an hour. If you don’t have access to clean water so you can wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer if available.

Contact Us and Worry Less

A disaster is already difficult to deal with without also worrying about the aftermath and its effects. Call Cyclone Kleen Up at 719-299-3887 to properly clean and restore your Pueblo, Leadville or in central Colorado property so you can concentrate on the health and safety of you and your family. We’ll work conscientiously to return your property to its original condition as soon as possible.