Colleton Medical Center is open and serving the emergency needs of the southern South Carolina coastal communities until the hospitals that closed in these areas can re-open.
Most injuries don’t occur during a storm, but instead after as everyone moves back into the community and works on clean up. Please be safe. Here are a few tips:
Tip 1: Stay away from loose or dangling power lines.
Tip 2: Wear protective clothing during clean-up.
Tip 3: Mold can cause serious health issues. If your home was flooded, follow these tips
Clean up and dry out your home as quickly as possible after the storm ends.
Air out your house by opening doors & windows.
Use fans to dry wet areas.
Clean wet items and surfaces with detergent & water.
Fix any roof or wall leaks or plumbing ASAP.
Throw away anything that you can’t clean or dry quickly.
Tip 4: Keep in mind that floodwater often carries germs. If you touch it, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water. If you don’t have soap or water, use alcohol-based wipes or sanitizer.
Tip 5: Anything that’s had contact with floodwater can carry germs. To keep your kids safe, make sure you disinfect their toys. You may not be able to kill germs on some toys — like stuffed animals and baby toys. Throw out the toys you can’t clean.
Tip 6: Get help lifting heavy or bulky objects. If you lift too much on your own, you could hurt yourself.
Tip 7: Floods can bring mosquitoes that carry disease. Use insect repellent (bug spray) with DEET or Picaridin. Wear long sleeves, pants and socks when you’re outside cleaning.