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REFRIGERATED FOOD AND POWER OUTAGE GUIDELINES
— In most circumstances, food is safe as long as power is out no more than four hours.
— Keep the refrigerator door closed as much as possible.
—Never taste food to determine its safety! You can’t rely on appearance or odor to determine whether food is safe.
—Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers) that have been above 40 °F for over two hours.
—Always discard any items in the refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat juices.
The information above, and a guide of foods to keep and discard, can be reviewed here: https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html
GUIDELINES FOR DEALING WITH STANDING WATER
Department of Health officials emphasize the importance of residents and visitors protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases. The public should remain diligent in “Drain and Cover” preventative measures.
DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
• Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
• Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.
• Empty and clean birdbaths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week.
• Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
• Maintain swimming pools in good condition, including appropriate chlorination. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
COVER skin with clothing or repellent.
• Clothing – Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.
• Repellent – Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
• Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535 are effective.
• Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
Tips on Repellent Use
• Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children.
• Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are generally recommended. Other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellents contain picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, or IR3535. These products are generally available at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product label.
• Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing.
• In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of three years. DEET is not recommended on children younger than two months old.
• Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children. Adults should apply repellent first to their own hands and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothing.
• If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer’s directions.
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
• Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.
To determine which repellent is right for you, consider using the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency’s search tool for skin-applied repellent products: http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/#searchform.
BOIL WATER INFORMATION
Due to flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, the Florida Department of Health is advising individuals under a boil water notice to take precautions against contaminated water. This is likely to mainly effect those with flooded drinking water wells. If your drinking well has been covered with flood water, your water may contain disease-causing organisms and may not be safe to drink.
The Department recommends one of the following:
• Boil water, before use, holding it at a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes.
• Disinfect water by adding 8 drops (about 1/8 tsp – this would form a puddle about the size of a dime) of plain unscented household bleach (4% to 6% strength) per gallon of water; and then let it stand for 30 minutes. Add 7 drops of bleach if high strength bleach is used (8.25% strength). If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure once.
• Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for drinking. This will maintain your disinfection.
• Use bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula.
If your drinking water Well Head was flooded, please complete the following:
• Disinfect your well using the procedures available from your county health department or provided on the Florida Department of Health Private Well Testing webpage, http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/private-well-testing/index.html.
• Have your water tested by your county health department or by a laboratory certified by the State of Florida to perform a drinking water analysis for coliform bacteria.
• Maintain boil water instructions until you receive the results from the test.
For further information, please contact your local county health department or visit www.floridahealth.gov or www.FloridaDisaster.org.
At SeeVay, we know that the safety and well-being of your baby is your top priority. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing you with the tools you need to make sure you’re always on top of your baby’s safety. We understand that being a new mom can be overwhelming, and there’s so much information out there that it can be hard to know where to start.