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Staying Safe During a Flood

Stay out of floodwater

Floodwaters contain many things that may harm you. Do not wade, walk or swim through floodwaters. Floodwater may contain:

  • Downed power lines. If you see a downed power line, stay back 10 metres, approximately the length of a school bus, and call 9-1-1 and your local electric utility to report it.
  • Dangerous debris such as sharp objects, rocks, lumber or vehicles.
  • Harmful chemicals (e.g., oil, gasoline), raw sewage or infectious diseases.

If your home or basement floods

  • Do not enter your basement if water has risen above the level of baseboard heaters, electrical outlets, furnace, or floodwater is near your electrical panel.
  • Contact your local electric utility immediately in the event flood water has risen above electrical sources. Arrange to disconnect power to your home.
  • Do not turn on any appliance. Have your appliances checked by an electrician or HVAC specialist as appropriate.

Do not drive in flooded areas

Swiftly moving shallow water can be deadly. One foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. Stay off bridges over fast-moving water, and never drive around barricades.

Prevent injuries

  • Prompt first aid is important to help prevent infection.
  • Check your immunization record to ensure routine vaccinations are up-to-date.

Other considerations

  • Check your emergency kit in case you need to evacuate immediately. For more information about emergency kits visit Get Prepared.
  • Fill your vehicle with gas.
  • Review your family emergency plan. You can make a plan by visiting Get Prepared.
  • Consider evacuation of your animals or livestock to higher ground.
  • Continue listening to local news and media sources.
  • Listen to authorities and local responders and follow instructions given.
  • If you must enter floodwaters, make sure to wear appropriate protective and safety equipment.

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