Flood Safety & Health Tips

chinacdc.cn | Updated: 2023-08-25
Personal protection for disinfection personnel

1. They should be equipped with such protective equipment as facial masks, disposable gloves, uniforms and insulated rubber boots.
2. When the disinfection work finishes, all disinfection tools should be cleaned. Their uniforms, hats, masks (or other protective equipment) should be taken off, and their uniforms should be turned inside out before being placed in a special bag for cleaning.
3. Disinfection workers should not smoke or eat during disinfection operations.
Accidental injury protection

1. Drowning prevention
Never attempt to walk or drive through floodwaters. If the flood continues to rise and the shelter is no longer safe, use available rescue equipment to escape or find materials that can float in the water such as wooden doors, tables, chairs and large blocks of bubble wrap to escape to safety. Help children stay away from flooded areas.
2. Electrocution prevention
Avoid climbing power poles and towers. If a high-voltage power tower is tilted or if there are dangling power lines, leave quickly to prevent direct electric shock or electric shock on step voltage. Do not turn on electrical appliances that have been soaked in floodwaters before they are repaired by professional maintenance personnel.
Personal protection for flood-affected people

1.Manage hand hygiene
People need to wash their hands before they prepare food, breastfeed children, eat, and after using the toilet, touching animals or their dead bodies, handling rubbish, and treating wounds. It is advisable for people to use soap and running water when they wash hands and to dry their hands promptly. Do not use flood-contaminated water to wash hands, face or other items.
2.Take care of wounds
It is best to wrap wounds with waterproof materials to keep them clean and prevent contact with floodwater. If a wound comes into contact with floodwater, immediately rinse it with clean water and soap. If there are signs of infection such as redness, swelling and fluid leakage from the wound, seek professional medical assistance in a timely manner and ask medical workers to see whether a tetanus vaccine should be administered based on the condition of the wound.
3.Monitor personal health
If you have been exposed to floodwater or eaten contaminated foods and begin to show such symptoms as diarrhea, vomiting, fever or abdominal pain, seek medical assistance immediately.