Stay Safe When Dealing With Water Damage

When water damage happens to your home, one of your first thoughts can be to keep your home safe and protect it. However, it is just as important for you to take care of yourself and keep yourself safe when dealing with water damage.

#1 Turn Off The Power

If the water damaged any area that has electrical outlets or equipment, the first thing that you are going to want to do is turn off the power. You don't want to get electrocuted, and electricity can carry through the water right to your body faster than you can blink. You should never work or clean up water when there is a source of electricity nearby.

To turn off the electricity, you are going to want to get to your breaker box, if you safely can, and turn off all of the breakers that go to that room. You may also want to turn off the electrical breakers to nearby rooms as well in case the water has spread and caused damage that you can't see yet.

#2 Open Up The Windows

Next, you want to make sure that you have good ventilation in the rooms that you are cleaning up. Good ventilation can help with the water drying process. It can also help ensure that you don't breathe in any dangerous fumes that may be released from the water damage and from the chemicals that you clean with. If the room doesn't have windows, set-up fans to circulate the air so that you can breathe safely while cleaning up.

#3 Protect Your Body

When cleaning up water damage, it is important that you protect your body. You should wear tall rain boots if you have to walk through deep water. You don't know what is under the water or what has moved around and may be in the water. Wearing tall rain boots or something similar will protect you.

Wear long pants and long-sleeves to protect your body. Wear some goggles to protect your eyes from any water getting splashed into them or chemical cleaners get into them. You don't know what it will smell like, so be sure to wear a mask as well.

When cleaning up water damage, make sure that you take precautions to protect yourself before you work to protect your home. This will allow you to work more effectively and quickly, without fear of injuring yourself while you work to save your home. Contact a restoration company, like Extreme Water Damage Restoration, for more help.