Returning Home After the Flood is Over

Health and safety tips to consider as flood waters recede and residents return home.

Here are some tips that will help you be safe in your home after a flood:

Throw away any of your things that have been in the flood water. Flood water contains germs and chemicals that can make you sick.

Always wash your hands with soap and wter after you touch flood water or anything that has been in flood water. 

If your home is using a generator,  keep it outside at least 25 feet away from the house and away from doors or windows.

If your house has a gas grill, stove, water heater, or furnace, a storm or flood may break gas lines and cause the gas to escape into your home.

Gas grills, generators, stoves, or water heaters may work after a flood, but can still leak a dangerous gas called carbon monoxide that you cannot see or smell, but that can make you feel sick. Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • feeling dizzy, weak, or sick
  • throwing up
  • having pain in your chest
  • feeling confused
  • having a headache

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Public Health Division
County of Sonoma
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Office Location
625 5th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
38.44178, -122.7158781

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