FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2005
Hodges (850) 245-4111
**HURRICANE DENNIS INFORMATION SHEET**
Home Clean-Up After the Storm
TALLAHASSEE – After a hurricane has passed, failure to
remove contaminated materials can cause health risks. If
there is flooding along with a hurricane, water must be
removed as quickly as possible since it may contain material
from overflowing sewage systems.
If there has been a backflow of sewage into the house,
the following measures should be taken to ensure proper
- Walls, hard-surfaced floors and many other household
surfaces must be cleaned with soap and water and disinfected
with a solution of 1 cup of bleach to five gallons of water.
- Thoroughly disinfect surfaces that come in contact with
food and children’s play areas.
- Wash all linens and
clothing in hot water or dry-clean.
- Items that cannot be
washed or dry-cleaned, such as mattresses and upholstered
furniture, must be air dried in the sun and sprayed
thoroughly with a disinfectant.
- Steam-clean all carpeting.
- Fiberboard, fibrous insulation and disposable filters that
have contacted floodwater or sewage should be replaced in
your heating and air conditioning system.
- Wear rubber
boots and waterproof gloves during clean-up.
Be careful about mixing household cleaners and
disinfectants, as combining certain types of products can
produce toxic fumes and result in injury or death.
It can be difficult to throw away items in a home,
particularly those with sentimental value. However, keeping
certain items soaked by sewage or floodwaters may be
unhealthy. In general, materials that cannot be thoroughly
cleaned and dried within 24-48 hours should be discarded.
For further information, please contact your local county
health department or visit
The Florida Emergency Information Line: 1-800-342-3557
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