Written by Dr. Dave Hnida, CBS4 Medical EditorLike the flooding itself, the number of potential health issues during cleanup … and advice for safety — are vast and different.

No one set of guidelines fit each Coloradan’s circumstances.

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So here are some general things to consider, plus I’ve included some links below that may help fit your situation to a “T.” After each paragraph, remember to check the links for detail.

Major concerns include what has been hit by flood waters and/or mud. In this case you need to assume everything is contaminated. That means floors, countertops, furniture, basically everything inside of a structure may have been contaminated by germs.

How about outside? Same goes here. Lawn furniture, playsets, sheds … all need cleaning.

Back inside — mold. Odds are it’s already started to grow. It won’t be bad early on, but open windows and masks may still be a good idea at this point — and a must later.

Food. If you lost your power for 2 hours or more, consider all refrigerated items dead. As for pantry foods, only canned goods may be salvageable, but much be cleaned correctly. (see below)

Clothes you wear while cleaning — thorough washing and don’t re-wear if possible.

Your garden — in most cases — inedible and un-trustable.

Other major points:

Make sure you’ve had a tetanus shot within the past 5-10 years.

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Wear gloves. Long pants and shirts. Firm shoes.

Clean even minor wounds well. Clean even un-injured skin well.

Most cleanup injuries and diseases:

Cuts. Slip and falls. Diarrhea. Dehydration. Carbon monoxide poisoning. The list is really longer — you just can’t let your guard down now that the sun is peaking through.

It’s been a tough time but we will make it by helping each other out. We always do. That’s Colorado.

Here are the links for more info:

www.colorado.gov/…/1251645971558

www.floodsafety.com/…/Cleanup_after_flood.pdf

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