Emergency Measures Organization

Safety reminders during flood clean-up (08/09/17)

NB 1333

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 property.

Before you begin:

Electrical tips

To prevent a fire and electrical hazard, you may need to replace/repair the following:


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.