As flood waters begin to recede from the recent severe storms in Fort Bend County, please keep these tips in mind for food and household safety:
• Do not eat food that has been in contact with flood water.
• If electricity has been off, refrigerated food may have spoiled. Discard any food that has been at room temperature for more than two hours or if it has an unusual odor or color. Thawed food from freezers may be safe for consumption or refreezing if it is still partially frozen or is “refrigerator cold.”
• Babies on formula should be given ready-to-feed formula or powdered formula prepared with bottled drinking water.
• Wash hands with soap and disinfected water before eating or handling food, after clean-up work and after handling flood water-contaminated items.
• Snakes and other wildlife may seek shelter in trees, homes and vehicles. Bats are often injured in heavy rains and winds. Do not handle these or any other bats. Seek immediate treatment if bitten or injured by an animal. Beware of displaced pets.
• Wear shoes in post-flood areas to reduce the chances of punctures or cuts from nails and other sharp contaminated objects.
For more information about health and safety after flooding visit www.fortbendcountyhhs.com.