If you touched that, you’ll want to wash your hands.

Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) are advising residents affected by flooding to make sure they wash their hands regularly. They say that flood water can be contaminated which increases your risk of infections.

Melissa Botz, Communications and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the RCDHU says that your well water could be contaminated with bacteria causing gastrointestinal illnesses. These illnesses could be vomiting or diarrhea she says.

Botz adds that you should wash your hands with Alcohol-Based Hand Rub which contains 70% to 90% alcohol. She also recommends wearing rubber boots and gloves if you are working in flooded areas.

“We want to make sure everyone is taking care of themselves” she says. When it comes to food she says that if any food was touched by flood water, don’t take a chance and throw it out. She says many resources are available to make sure everyone can take the proper safety precautions, to contact the RCDHU click here.