Emergency Measures Organization
Safety reminders during flood clean-up (08/09/17)
Sept. 17, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following information is issued by the Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NB-EMO).
People whose property has been damaged as a result of heavy rains from post-tropical storm Hanna on Sept. 6 and 7 are reminded of the following important safety tips when cleaning out their
Before you begin:
- put your own safety first. Avoid electrical shock;
- record details of damage, with photos or video, if possible. Contact your insurance agent immediately and register your flood damages with Service New Brunswick, toll free at 1-888-298-8555 or online at: http://www.snb.ca/EMO;
- set up a plan to remove all water, mud and other debris. Dispose of contaminated household goods, and rinse away contamination inside the home. The following equipment should be
used: gloves; masks and other protective gear; pails, mops and squeegees; plastic garbage bags; unscented detergent; large containers for soaking bedding, clothing and linens; and
clotheslines to hang them to dry; for more detailed cleaning safety tips, visit the Department of Health website.
- Make sure that the building is structurally safe. Look for buckled walls or floors. Watch for holes in the floor, broken glass and other potentially dangerous debris. If in doubt, contact a
- use extreme caution when returning home to a flood-damaged area;
- stay clear of wires;
- do not assume that any part of a flooded electrical installation/appliance is safe;
- disconnect power prior to inspecting electrical devices;
- call a certified electrician for repairs to electrical appliances/installations to ensure your safety when you re-energize your electrical system; and
- do not energize any electrical equipment if it has been under water. These items may work and appear safe, but once they have been under water they could cause electrocution or fire.
To prevent a fire and electrical hazard, you may need to replace/repair the following:
- light switches, thermostats, outlets, light fixtures, electric heaters, ceiling fans, etc.;
- furnace burner and blower motor, ignition transformer, elements, relay (oil furnace and oil hot water tank, electric furnace);
- hot water tank (electric, oil, or propane);
- electrical appliances, sump pump, water pumps and related equipment, washer, dryer, dehumidifier, vacuum, tools, and exercise equipment. There are many switches, motors, and
transformers that will be corroded; and
- breakers, fuses, fuse holders.
Private water supplies affected by flooding should not be used until they have been disinfected and tested. Until tests indicate a safe water supply, water for drinking and personal use should
be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute, then stored in clean, covered containers. Call the Department of Environment for information on how to proceed to have your water tested.
Detailed information on chlorinating well water is contained in How to Chlorinate Your Well Water, which is available on the Department of Environment website.
Do not heat your home to more than four degrees Celsius (about 40 degrees Fahrenheit) until all water is removed.
If you use pumps or heaters powered by gasoline, kerosene or propane, buy and install a carbon monoxide sensor. Combustion devices can produce large amounts of lethal carbon monoxide
when they are not tuned up, or are improperly ventilated.
More information on flood cleanup is available on the River Watch web page at http://www.gnb.ca/RiverWatch.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrystiane Mallaley, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267; NB-EMO, 506-453-2133 or 1-800-561-4034.