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  • Shut the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.

  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.

  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.




  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.

  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.

  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.

  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.

  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.

  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.






  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.



  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.

  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.

  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.

  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated area.

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