As more evacuation notices are being lifted in connection with the 416 Fire, returning residents are being reminded there are some health considerations to take into account when going back home.
Here are some things residents should know, according to San Juan Basin Public Health.
Inside the homeWalk around the outside of the home to check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage. If there is anything that raises concern, call a building inspector or structural engineer.Do not enter your home if it was damaged by the fire or if you smell gas.Clean and disinfect damaged areas to reduce risk of disease. Hire a professional cleaning company, if necessary.Discard contaminated foods, cosmetics and toys.Mattresses, pillows, foam rubber items, upholstered couches and chairs, books and most paper products damaged by the fire should be thrown out.Water systemWells or septic systems may have been damaged by the fire, so the health department suggests taking plenty of bottled water when residents return to their homes.Inspect wells or other systems of water delivery for damage. If damage exists, don’t drink the water and contact a professional for repairs.If water tastes earthy, smoky or burnt, water lines may need to be flushed. If residents have any concerns, they should contact a professional. Residents on public water systems should contact their provider with any questions or concerns.San Juan Basin Public Health also lists a number of precautions about food left in the house during the fire. Any additional questions can be directed to the health department.