Fire service issues flood advice after warning neighbours it remains at Condition Red

Published: 11 Feb 2014 14:000 comments

ROYAL Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning neighbours it remains at Condition Red as torrential downpours continue to batter the county.

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Extra Water rescue resources are in place and the following advice has been issued:

- Make a family flood plan for your home

- Turn off the electrics and gas at the mains, if you can do so safely

- Position flood walls and block airbricks, plugs, etc to prevent water from entering your home

- Disconnect washing machines, dishwashers, etc

-Water and electricity do not mix. Do not touch potentially live electrical goods or circuits.

- Do not attempt to turn off electrics if standing in water.

- Are you considering using LPG / gas cylinders often used with BBQs, camping stoves and lights, portable pumps, etc? If you think that these appliances have not been checked or serviced recently, you are at greater risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, a colourless, odourless, highly toxic gas.

- Ensure adequate ventilation in your home at all times.

- If using pumps remember engines and exhausts can become extremely hot. If the pump needs refilling, it should be stopped and allowed to cool before adding more fuel.

- Water may hide uncovered drains, holes and submerged items that could cause an injury

- Water may be contaminated by sewage and other water borne diseases - please do not eat, drink or smoke near flood water

- Do not follow your pet into flood water, as you may put yourself at risk

- Even if there is no road closed sign, use your common sense and take a different route where necessary. If there is a road closed sign, please do not ignore it.

- Check for road and traffic updates before setting off on your journey.

- Check your local weather forecast.

- Allow plenty of time for your journey in case you have to take a detour.

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