The following guidelines can help you from the danger of flooding:
- Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths, mostly during flash floods.
- Currents can be deceptive. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you walk in standing water, use a pole or stick to ensure that the ground is still there.
- Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else. Do not drive around road barriers as the road or bridge may be washed out.
- Stay away from power lines and electric wires. The number 2 flood killer after drowning is electrocution. Electrical current can travel through water. If your house is about to be flooded, turn off the power at the service box.
- Report downed power lines to the Detroit Edison or city emergency management office.
- Have your electricity turned off by the Detroit Edison. Some appliances, such as television sets, keep electrical charges even after they have been unplugged. Do not use appliances or motors that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned, and dried.
- Keep children away from the flood waters, ditches, culverts, and storm drains. Flood water can carry unimaginable items that have dislodged themselves. Culverts may suck smaller kids into them rendering them helpless.
- Look out for animals. Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to poke and turn things over and scare away small animals.
- Look before you step. After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris including broken bottles and nails. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be very slippery.
- Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage.
- Do not smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.
- Clean everything that has been wet. Flood water will be contaminated with sewage and other chemicals which pose severe health threats.