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Dangers of Flooding: Keys to Keep Employees Safe

Julie Copeland

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Hurricane Harvey and Irma caused severe devestation and destruction to Texas, Florida and various other parts of the Southeastern United States. The powerful storms brought high winds, rising ocean levels and torrential rain, causing severe flooding.

Flooding is extremely dangerous as it is difficult to determine where the water is going and how deep it is in certain parts. Even when flood waters begin to recede there are still dangers associated with working in those areas.


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With more potential storms forecasted, we have provided some tips below to keep you and your employees safe from flooding. 

1) Check your sewer system.  A clean sewer system will help the flood water recede faster

2) Stock up on basic essentials such as canned goods and clean drinking water (have enough on
     hand to give every employee food and clean drinking water for a week

3) Make sure all first aid kits are always fully stocked

4) Keep flashlights and extra batteries stored in different areas around the building and keep a
     battery operated radio on hand

5) At your next weekly safety meeting make sure to cover emergency flood safety procedures. You
     should have an area of the building where all employees will meet during a natural disaster
     when it is unsafe to leave the building

6) If the power is still on after the water has begun to rise you should voluntarily turn off the
     power in order to prevent fires or electrocution

7) Know the area around you.  If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to
     higher ground.

8) Do not walk through moving water.  Six inches of moving water can make you fall.  If you must
     walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the
     ground in front of you. 

9) Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move
     to higher ground if you can do so safely

10) Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during
       threatening conditions

11) Stay clear of electrical wires and other electrical hazards

12) Use sorbent pads to clean up oily flood water 

These flood safety tips are a great start to protect yourself and your employees from the dangers associated with floods. For additional information on how to prepare and protect yourself contact one of our Arbill Safety Experts today.

Have a Safe Day!

Topics: Arbill, flood safety tips, emergency flood safety procedures

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