Flood Safety

The first Flood Safety step we should all take is to find out if in an area at risk from flooding.  For those who are, it is sensible to sign up for flood warnings – you will be phone, email or text when flooding is expected.


There are 3 levels of flood warning:

Check your insurance

Safety during flooding

Flood Water Has Many Hidden DangersFast flowing water can sweep you off your feet.  It can contain items that could hit you and cause cuts and bruising.  Water may hide uncovered drains, holes and submerged items that could cause an injury.  Water may be contaminated by sewage and other water-borne diseases.  You should avoid eating, drinking or smoking near floodwater.  Do not follow your pet into floodwater, as you may put yourself at risk.

Do not be tempted to use inside appliances which are not designed to be used inside the home – this includes LPG / gas cylinders often used with BBQs, camping stoves and lights, portable pumps, etc.  They may pose the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, highly toxic gas which poses a serious risk to health and can kill – click here for more information about the risks.
If using pumps to pump water out, it is important to remember that engines and exhausts can become extremely hot. When the pump needs to be refilled, you should take care and allow it to cool before adding more fuel.
Driving a vehicle in to flood water is very dangerous – water levels can increase quickly and easily sweep away or submerge a vehicle.  It is far safer to take a different route where necessary and never to ignore a road closed sign.
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