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Flooding

During widespread flooding we will be very busy and will have to prioritise our attendance to emergencies where there is a risk to life. Here are some tips for you to follow.

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Turn off the electrics in your house.

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Where possible and practicable move items up off the ground or up to a higher level in your property.

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Do not walk through flooded area, the current of the flood water can be more powerful than you think.

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Avoid travelling where possible.

Flooding Recovery Electrical Fire Safety

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Make sure all electrical circuits
are fully dried out and checked
by an electrical engineer before
switching appliances and
sockets back on.

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When drying out your
property becareful to
ensure you’re not
overloading extension
leads or adapters.

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Only use electrical
appliances if you know
they are still in good
working order.

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Try to ensure you only use
washing machines or tumble
dryers when you are at home and
awake. Avoid using them
overnight when you are askeep.

Flooding Recovery Use of Electrical Heaters

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Switch heaters off if you
are going to leave them
unattended.

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Keep portable heaters
at least one metre
away from furniture or
other flammable items.

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We understand you will want to dry your property out as quickly as
possible but don’t be tempted to use portable heaters to do this. You
could put yourself at a higher risk of having an accidental house fire.
We would advise you either contact professional services or use
dehumidifiers instead.

Flood Recovery Cooking Safely

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Your cooker may not be
working or you may be
forced to live upstairs, so
take care if you have to
make alternative
arrangements for
cooking.

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You may be tempted to
cook on disposable
barbecues inside,
however not only does
this increase your fire risk
but it puts you at risk of
carbon monoxide
poisoning too.

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There will no doubt be more people calling you on the telephone or
knocking on the door at this time, so take care when cooking. Try to
avoid distractions, but if you do get called away remember to either turn
the heat down or remove pans from the heat altogether.

Flood Recovery Smoke Alarms

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Ensure you have a working
smoke alarm in your
property and test it regularly.
If you struggle to test it, see
if there’s a friend or
neighbour who could help
you.

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If you use a specialist smoke alarm like a hard of hearing alarm or linked system with a pager, please check the backup battery is working if your electrics
have been affected.

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Consider any difficulties you and your family may have trying to get out of your property if you need to do so quickly.

Think about the best door to use, the location of keys, torches etc. and try to keep routes clear from obstructions.

Here you can see what Lancashire County Council have to say about flooding and what you can do to prepare.