Public Health Advice for Coming Days

31 March 2017

31 March 2017


●   Protect yourself during the clean-up to prevent injuries such as cuts and scratches or infections from contaminated water. Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeve shirts and pants, enclosed footwear, heavy work gloves, and a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

●   Maintain good hygiene by washing your hands well with hot water and detergent after contact with mud, flood water, and before eating and drinking. Remember to also thoroughly clean any cooking and eating utensils that may have come into contact with floodwater.

●   Cover up wounds with waterproof bandages and treat any cuts immediately with antiseptic to reduce the chance of infection. You may need to consider a tetanus vaccination if you are concerned about a wound being infected.

●   Do not walk, wade or swim through floodwater as it may contain rubbish, dead animals, sewage or other contaminants such as poisons that may cause you harm.

●   Make sure you clean, disinfect and cover any cuts or scratches. Please remember,  Emergency Departments are only for seriously injured or ill people who need immediate treatment and youshould visit your local GP or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for any minor injuries.

●   Be aware of possible issues with drinking water supplies and follow any water alerts issued by your local council. This may mean you will have to boil your water until supplies are declared


●   Throw out food that may be unsafe to eat. Food stored in your fridge may have spoiled if electricity and gas supplies had been cut. Food stored in eskies or coolers will also need to be checked. If in doubt, throw it out.



Following significant rainfall, the quality of water in our waterways may be unsuitable for swimming for several days.

Stormwater run-off can increase contaminant levels in the water and make it unsafe for swimming.

Use caution and always avoid swimming near stormwater outlets or in water that looks discoloured, murky, or smells unpleasant.



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