The North Coast Public Health Unit is reminding people to avoid contact with
floodwater as much as possible to reduce the risks of injury, sickness or infection.
"Floodwaters can contain many pollutants that are harmful to your health," Dr Paul
Douglas, Director North Coast Public Health Unit said.
"Please remember to treat all floodwater as contaminated, as it can contain hazardous
substances, including raw sewage, chemicals and other contaminants, which can
easily make you sick or lead to infections such as leptospirosis. Do not allow children
to play or swim in floodwater.
"We know that many parts of our region have been severely impacted by this second
flood event, and people will be working hard to clean up around homes and
"To reduce areas for mosquitoes to breed around your home, remove all water-holding
rubbish, regularly flush out pot plant bases, keep house guttering clear, and make sure
openings of septic tanks and water tanks are covered and screened securely."
eating or drinking.
and eye protection.
If you do get a cut or a graze, apply first aid immediately.
a wound develops redness, swelling or discharge, seek immediate medical
be thrown away.
. If power is cut for more than four hours, food in fridges will spoil. Freezers will
generally not defrost and the food kept inside should not spoil for at least 24
hours if the door has been kept shut.
contaminated medicines, unsafe electrical appliances, and damaged structures.
To minimise the risk of mosquito bites:
For more advice on staying healthy during and after floods and storms, including
printable fact sheets, visit the NSW Health website.
In an emergency
If you need emergency assistance in a flood or storm, call the State Emergency
Service (SES) on 132 500. For a medical, police or fire emergency call Triple Zero
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