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The Dangers of Floodwaters

January 5, 2015

Floods are common throughout the continental U.S., as well as nationally. In the past 5 years, all 50 states have experiences floods or flash floods according to floodsmart.gov, “just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage”.

The causes of floods vary from flash floods, ice jam flooding, to overbank flooding and Hurricane/coastal flooding. While hurricanes and floods are weather emergencies, one of the most dangerous aspects of flooding is the water itself. Floodwaters can cause serious injury, infectious diseases, and can be chemically hazardous. Diarrheal based diseases are the result of drinking or eating anything contaminated by floodwaters. Prevention is practicing good hygiene, avoiding floodwaters completely, washing hands after touching items contaminated by floodwater. Exposing wounds to floodwaters can cause infection and if not treated can lead to blood infection (sepsis).

Other risks of floodwater are injuries such as drowning (people stuck in cars, in houses), animal and insect bites of displaced animals, electrical hazards of downed power lines, sharp objects like shards of glass or metal in the water that can cause serious injury.

To help prevent protect yourself, family and loved ones from the dangers of floodwaters consider a High Tide Escape Hatch, Purchase yours today.

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