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Posted: Mar 31, 2022 / 11:21 AM CDT
Updated: Mar 31, 2022 / 11:21 AM CDT
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Posted: Mar 31, 2022 / 11:21 AM CDT
Updated: Mar 31, 2022 / 11:21 AM CDT
JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Officials with the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) warned Mississippians of possible safety threats, even after a storm passes.
Significant power outages, home repairs and flooding can cause dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations days after storms have ended.
One threat is food-borne diseases. Follow these food safety tips:
Something else to be mindful of is floodwater and drinking water safety. Any significant drop in water pressure means your water could be contaminated by groundwater. If you notice an interruption, loss of pressure or significant drop in your water pressure, follow these standard boil-water precautions:
Another safety concern after a storm is preventing mosquito-borne illness while clearing standing water. Heavy rains and flooding can increase the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. Follow the 4 Ds to stay safe:
What about mold and mildew? Stagnant moisture can be an ideal source for mold growth. Large numbers of airborne mold spores can cause allergic reactions, asthma episodes, infections and other respiratory problems. If mold becomes a problem in your home, follow these directions:
Be wary of the risk of tetanus during cleanup. A cut from damage or debris can lead to risk of infection. Follow these tips to avoid this risk:
Lastly, carbon monoxide can pose a threat. Gasoline-powered generators can produce dangerous carbon monoxide gas. Burning any fuel for cooking or heating indoors can, too. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas. It’s highly poisonous. Follow these steps to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning:
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Storm damage on Tiffintown Road in Warren County on March 30, 2022

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