Swear By These Tips As You Return Home After Kerala Floods. Read And Share
As the waters recede, rebuilding their homes and lives will be the biggest challenge of the residents of Kerala. This will involve assessing the structural safety of the buildings that were flooded, watching out for electric short circuits, claiming insurance, proper cleaning and many other things. Here’s a look at a few things to keep in mind when going back to a home that has faced the worst flood in over a century:
Don't be alone when you return home
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Always take a couple of persons with you who can be of help in case of a sudden emergency.
Avoid returning home at night
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Prefer returning home during daytime as you’ll be able to see everything around you and prevent any unnecessary mishaps.
Take care while opening the gate
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Due to heavy floods, there are high chances that your building has been rendered brittle. Even cement structures can collapse.
Be vigilant once you enter your home
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Snakes, crocodiles and other reptiles are a very common sight after a flood. Make sure you enter the house using a flashlight in dimly lit areas.
Mark the level of water using paint
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Marking the level of water in your house would be helpful in studying the risk of living in costal belts and low-lying areas. In 1924, when the region last had its flood of similar intensity, no such effort was made, thus leaving several regions of Kerala clueless about habitability in the time of a deluge.
Switch off the main power of the house
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This will significantly reduce the chances of an electrocution. NEVER turn power on or off yourself or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water. Consult a certified electrician in case of any doubt.
Turn off LPG cylinders
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The gas cylinders pose a huge threat of a fire explosion. Also, there may be chances of leakage of gas. Hence, switching them off is a must.
Don’t light matches, cigarettes or candles
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Due to decomposition of organic matter, many combustible gases exist in the local atmosphere. Using any inflammable substance in its vicinity poses a risk of a fire breakout.
Dry your home
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Remove water from floors, carpets, and hard surfaces. Dry your home and everything in it as quickly as you can – within 24 to 48 hours if possible. Do not use fans if mould has already started to grow, because using fans may spread the mould.
Don’t settle into your home immediately
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After a flood, it is necessary to dehumidify and detoxify your entire house before you can safely settle in. Keep all doors and windows open and allow sunlight and fresh air to enter into your rooms.
Check the water running in your house
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The water that comes out of taps, initially after a flood has subsided, is always severely contaminated. Make sure the water is clean and has the approval of the local municipality before consuming it.
Do not open refrigerators carelessly
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The rotten food, especial non-vegetarian, would have produced dangerous foul-smelling gases that can exit with force and even knock you out.
Consider getting immunized
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If you receive a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil, or saliva, have a doctor or health department determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary based on individual records.
Make an estimate of the financial loss incurred
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This will help at the time of claiming reimbursement from your insurance company.
Gather an idea of your surroundings
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Know where the rest of the people in your locality are before dumping things that are no more usable owing to flood. The decayed stuff is not just to be casually thrown somewhere.
These tips should ensure that you have a safe homecoming after a disastrous flood and resume life normally.