Flood Safety

Flood safety is essential to protect yourself and your loved ones. Below are some tips to help keep your family safe after a flood. 
 
Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Six inches of water can knock a person off their feet. 
Flowing water changes speeds and directions without warning and floating debris can easily overpower even the best swimmer.
A foot of water can float many cars leaving you stranded in rushing floodwaters.

Look Before you Step
Floors, stairs and even the ground can be very slippery with mud after flooding. Water may be contaminated. Debris including broken glass or nails may cover the ground. 

Be Alert for Gas Leaks
Use a flashlight to check for leaks. If there is a leak, leave the area and contact Peoples Gas or Baldwin Police.  
Do not smoke or use candles, lanterns or any other open flames until your gas has been turned off and the area has been properly ventilated.

Have you Electricity and Water Turned Off
Burst pipes risk greater amounts of water entering your home after a flood. Contact Pennsylvania American Water to have water to your home turned off. 
To lower the risk of electrocution while cleaning out your flood damaged home, contact Duquesne Light to have your electricity turned off until you home is thoroughly cleaned and dried. 

Stay Away from Downed Power Lines and Electrical Wires
Electric current can spread quickly due to the amount of water on the ground. Report down power lines to Duquesne Light or Baldwin Police immediately.


For more safety tips for before, during, and after a flood, check out the helpful links and documents below!

Helpful Documents