Home Health Tips Louisiana Dept. of Health offers storm safety tips

Louisiana Dept. of Health offers storm safety tips


Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – The delta variant has hospitals in our space stuffed to the brim with COVID sufferers, leaving little room for different sufferers if one other probably catastrophic catastrophe have been to hit.

The Louisiana Division of Well being is reminding folks of some key security tricks to keep in mind whereas a storm nonetheless decides its path within the gulf.

The division is reminding folks to take a deep breath. Though the menace is feasible, it’s not time to panic, however it’s higher to organize for what’s to come back beforehand reasonably than when catastrophe is exterior your door. That features checking off your preparedness record in addition to educating your self on generator security.

Area 5 Medical Director Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh says over the last main storm, the realm totaled extra deaths from generator malfunction or carbon monoxide poisoning than the storm itself.

“If we ever get into the scenario the place there’s not energy, the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning,” Dr. Cavanaugh stated.

She additionally says to keep away from potential an infection from wading in tainted flood waters.

“Rinsing effectively with clear water if that’s out there, ensuring you maintain any wounds and open sores when you do must stroll by flood water,” Dr. Cavanaugh stated.

Following earlier pure disasters, most of the area’s water programs have been positioned underneath boil water advisories. That downside can come up rapidly and simply throughout a storm because of busted water strains or a drop in stress because of an influence outage.

“Individuals have to most likely perceive what which means. For those who’re underneath a boil water advisory, that implies that it’s been confirmed or there might be potential dangerous micro organism in that water. I might undoubtedly be very cautious when you’re somebody that has a giant open wound utilizing water that’s underneath a boil water advisory,” Cavanaugh stated.

In these conditions, an alert might be issued recommending you boil the water for a full minute earlier than ingesting, cooking or brushing your enamel with it.

Dr. Cavanaugh says if an evacuation is ordered to additionally maintain COVID at the back of your thoughts when deciding the place to hunt shelter.

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