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News/ Info Proper Sanitation In The Aftermath Of Disaster

Discussion in 'Lifestyle and Health Topics' started by anu_smart, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. anu_smart

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    Proper Sanitation in the Aftermath of Disaster

    When you're experiencing a disaster, staying clean is probably the last thing on your mind. After all, who thinks of wet wipes when they're busy staying alive? Once the immediate danger has passed, sanitation is important and ought to be one of your priorities.

    Hygiene Is Important

    Keeping appropriate hygiene and sanitation can help prevent infection and illness. So it is very vital that you remain as clean as possible, and follow appropriate hygiene practices whenever you are able to. Hand washing notably is one of our strongest actions to fight the spread of germs and disease. Particularly when you have some cuts or injuries, keeping those clean will help to prevent infection.

    After an emergency, there are special guidelines to follow to ensure safe and proper sanitation.

    Listen to the Authorities

    Notably after a flood type disaster, tap water may not be safe to drink or even bathe in. Follow the directions of your local authorities and await the go-ahead to use water from faucets.

    Locate Safe Water

    When you are planning for emergency preparedness, stockpiling safe drinking water should be one of your biggest priorities. Not only does it ensure that you have enough water to drink, but there should be enough to brush teeth, wash hands, and follow other sterilization procedures.

    Alongside your drinking water, it is a good idea to keep a decent amount of distilled water for cleaning wounds and washing hands.

    Making Water Safe

    When there are not any other options besides the water around you or in the faucet, you might have to doctor the water so that it is safe to use. This generally includes filtering, boiling or disinfecting the water that you have accessible to you.

    Boiling: Filter the water as best as you can using towels or even coffee filters. In case you do have a filter, allow the water stand for a while as the sediment separates and settles, then pour the clear water off the top. Bring the clear water to a complete boil and let boil for at least one whole minute. Let the water cool and keep any water that's not immediately used in clean, air-tight containers.

    Disinfecting: You can use iodine, water purification tablets, or even household (unscented) bleach to disinfect water. You may have to filter the water the same style, and then for the tablets or iodine follow directions from the maker. For the bleach process, add 1/8 teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water, stir, and let sit for 30 minutes before use.

    Last Ditch Efforts

    If you are really not in a position to boil or disinfect your water, you will find water that is safe enough from many sources. In your home, the reserve water in your water heater tank and the water in your toilet tank (not the bowl) is usually safe to use as long as it hasn't been treated with cleaning compounds. Outside the home, rainwater and water from moving bodies of water will probably be a lot cleaner and safer than standing water that could be infected.

    Other Sterilization Alternatives

    Wet wipes, antibacterial gels, and sprays are not the most efficient at getting you clean when you're really filthy (like after a disaster), but they'll work if you have nothing else available.

    After a disaster, the most significant thing to have to remain sanitary and safe from germs and disease is clean water. Follow these tips and techniques to discover or make clean water to remain healthy.
     

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