Monday, August 13, 2012
Port of Spain, August 12, 2012:
The Ministry of Health advises on food and water safety after floods, and urge all citizens to follow these recommendations:
If flood waters reached your stored food, the food may have become contaminated. Do not cook or eat from the following items that have been soaked by flood water and never taste foods to determine whether they are safe or not:
Bags or cartons
Any poultry or animals that were drowned in the floods.
Do not play or bathe in flood waterssince you may contract a water-borne disease. Wear rubber gloves and other protective clothing for personal protection during clean-up to avoid direct skin contact with contaminated material.
Disinfection of Water
Water can be made safe for drinking and domestic use by either:
Household bleach – use ? teaspoon (0.75 ml) or eight drops to 1 gallon water and let the water stand for 30 minutes before use.
- Boiling– heat water until it achieves a “rolling boil” for one (1) minute.