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Health and Safety

There are many things to consider during this time, but your health and safety should be your top priority. Follow information provided by trusted resources when returning home.

For support, visit the following online resources for returning home after a flood:

Asbestos 

Homeowners need to be aware that houses built before the mid-1980s may contain asbestos materials. These materials include drywall mud, ceiling tiles, insulation and floor tiles. Remember that in many older homes, materials may have been replaced over the years and may be newer than the mid-1980s. New materials are not likely to contain asbestos.

The safest way to identify and remove asbestos materials is to hire an environmental consultant to assess the property, and have a qualified contractor remove any asbestos materials. Qualified contractors wear specialized personal protective equipment and have expert knowledge and techniques to avoid asbestos exposure. Anyone working on asbestos removal should follow the protocols and procedures found in the Alberta Asbestos Abatement Manual.

Alberta Asbestos Manual

Asbestos information for flood-affected homeowners  

Mould

Mould growth is common in water-damaged homes and buildings. Because exposure to indoor mould growth can result in various health hazards (including difficulty breathing, skin rashes and nose, eye and throat irritation), it’s important to remove mould-damaged materials and repair mould damaged-areas quickly and safely.

Steps for Mould Remediation in Private Homes

Mental Health support

 

 

 

FLOOD RECOVERY: Information and resources