Stay Safe During A Flood
Spring time in New England is upon us. As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. Unfortunately, these shower can also bring flash flooding. Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Even if your Westwood, MA home is in a moderate-to-low risk flood zone, there is always a potential for a flood to occur. In fact, studies show that approximately 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas. Knowing what to do in the event of a flood can help keep you and your loved ones safe. Below are important safety tips from the American Red Cross:
- Stay away from floodwaters. It can be easy to underestimate the power of running water. Just 6 inches of quickly moving water is enough to potentially sweep you off your feet. If running water is up over your ankles, turn around and find another way.
- Rapidly moving water can also push heavy objects such as cars. Many vehicles can be overcome by the current from waters less than 2 feet deep! Travel should be avoided if possible during a flood but if you do travel and come to a road that appears to be flooded, turn around and choose a safer route. If you are stuck on a flooded road and the water is rising, leaving the car for higher ground and shelter is advised.
- Do not let your children out of your sight during a flood. Kids tend to be curious and may not understand how dangerous contaminated or running water can be.
- Having an emergency safety kit is helpful in a situation such as a flood. Visit the American Red Cross website for tips on how to build your own emergency flood kit!
When flooding does occur safety is always the top concern. Our team at SERVPRO Norwood/West Roxbury is here to help. Give us a call today for assistance in helping you with your water damage at (781) 769-9125.