Floods harbour health dangers

TWEED residents have been told to protect their health and safety by treating all floodwater as potentially contaminated with sewage or other pollutants.

Director of the North Coast Public Health Unit Paul Corben has reminded residents about the health hazards which can follow wet weather.

“In addition to the very strong currents and other hazards such as fastmoving debris, floodwaters may also contain partially-treated or raw sewage and other pollutants such as pesticides,” Mr Corben said.

“So, it's very important to minimise contact with floodwaters and mud and to ensure children are kept out of floodwaters and mud.

“Personal hygiene is particularly important during and after floods. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water or with an alcohol gel after handling flood-affected items, after participating in flood clean-up activities, immediately after going to the toilet and always before handling or eating food.”

For safety Tweed residents are asked to ensure their feet are covered if they are likely to come into contact with mud and always wear gloves when handling flood-affected items or mud.



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