Protective Clothing Hazards Safety Tips
Use the check-list below to assemble your kit Be aware of common hazards incountered • NEVER ASSUME THAT WATER-DAMAGED
of necessary protective clothing. These clothes during a flood clean-up, including: STRUCTURES ARE SAFE. Leave if shifting or
are important for avoiding contact with sharp unusual noise occur.
or infectious materials during the flood clean-up • Structural collapse
• NEVER HANDLE A DOWNED POWER
process. • Electrical (wires, circuit boxes down or under LINE.
water) These materials are distributed by
o Mold Respirator (N-95; tightly fitted- seal • Work in pairs or groups and take short breaks.
should not be compromised by facial hair; World Vision’s U.S. Programs.
• Gas leak: DO NOT ENTER IF THESE ARE
dust mask may not be enough) NOT SECURED. • Immediately clean open wounds with soap For more information or to learn how to
and water. Cuts beyond minor scratches need get involved, visit our website at:
o Gloves (rubber to mid-arm for water/waste • Sewage/manure in water medical attention.
biohazard, work gloves for sharps) www.worldvision.org/respond
get ready for flood • Hazmat (cleaning fluids) • Avoid lifting more than 50 pounds.
clean-up with these o Goggles (better without vent holes)
• Animals • Work during the cooler hours of the day.
must-know tips World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization
o Boots/Heavy Soles (for protection against dedicated to working with children, families, and their
communities worldwide to reach their full potential
water and sharp objects) • Sharp objects (nails, glass, especially under • Avoid heat stroke by wearing light-colored, by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Motivated
water/mud) loose-fitting clothing and drinking fluids every by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve alongside the poor
o Outerware: Rubber waders or disposable 15-20 minutes. and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional
love for all people. World Vision serves all people,
splash protection regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
Three Step Clean-up Basement Flooding Mold & Drywall Removal
When basements flood, it is necessary to take Because mold is particularly dangerious if not • If electrical outlets are wet, do not put up
1 Remove and discard everything porous/
absorbent that was touched by flood water: extra steps to complete the clean-up process. removed correctly, the EPA suggests hiring a new walls until an electrical inspection is done.
upholstered furniture, carpet, false ceiling professional or following their commercial mold Electrical outlets that have gotten wet will have
• Pump out standing water, but not lower than guidance if thre is more than 10 sq. ft. of mold. to be replaced.
panels, and anything with mold. Some items
groundwater level outside house (to avoid
(Non-porous) can be sanitized by bleach/
collapsing walls). • Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems • Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent
sunlight or preserved by specialists. Dry these
as soon as possible. Dry all items completely. and water. Let dry completely.
items thoroughly outdoors; hours of sunlight • Disinfect all standing water with bleach
helps disinfect after bleaching. (4-8 cups of bleach per bathtub-full or barrel • Remove wet sheetrock and insulation at least • All absorbent or porous materials, such as
of flood water). 6 inches above the water line (or more) if it drywall, ceiling tiles and carpet, should be
2 Scoop out mud and debris; dump in
• Remove all mud and waterlogged objects (as
appears the sheetrock. has absorbed water thrown away if they have been in contact with
approved facility or down slope from houses. higher up. Remove in 4’x8’ sections for ease of flood water or become moldy.
follow these steps Use caution: sharp objects could be hidden in described in steps 1 and 2). installing new sheets. Disinfect exposed, wet
for safe, effective the mud or water. areas behind infected wall. • Avoid exposing yourself or others to mold by
• Sanitize all surfaces (as described in step 3). wearing appropriate clothing, including a face
• Heat ducts and vents could have mold in them. mask, gloves, and outerwear.
3 Sanitize all surfaces: using 10% bleach or • Open windows or use furnace to help dry.
Do not run these system until sure they do not
1% chlorinated lime, clean floors, walls,
contain mold; call a professional if necessary. • Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces. Clean up
doors/knobs, cabinets/counters. Let dry.
the mold and dry the surfaces before painting.