Malaysia deals with floods on a yearly basis due to the monsoon tides. This is a problem for first time house buyers. To avoid any nasty surprises, before buying a house, you should find out whether it’s located in a natural flood-prone area. If the answer is yes, you should probably find another place to call home. If you remain insistent on living in your dream house, then you should arm yourself with all the latest flood info.
Here is a comprehensive list on what to do should your house suddenly fill up with water.
Turn Off All Electrical Appliances
If you can close the fuse box, do so. However, if you can’t get to the fuse box without stepping into water, do not risk it. You could be electrocuted which might lead to death. Simply switch off all the electrical appliances you have one by one. The fridge, microwave, air purifier, electrical fan; turn off all of them. Make sure your hands are dry when you do!
Turn Off The Water Source
Not all floods occur due to external events. Sometimes, internal issues within the home are the culprit. In this event, find the source of the water and turn it off. If the water is flooding fast and it’s hard to find the source, turn off the main water valve to the house. There are several types of water valves such as gate valve Malaysia. Make sure to find out which type of water valve you have. Here’s how to close the most common ones:
- Gate valves
Turn the handle clockwise
- Ball valves
Turn the straight handle a quarter turn clockwise
Keep turning the handle until it can no longer be turned to ensure that the water valve has been closed.
Get Somewhere Safe (and Dry)
If the flood is due to internal circumstances then leave your home and get somewhere secure, away from the water. After ensuring that all of your family, friends or housemates are accounted for, call for help by contacting 911.
If the flood is due to a natural disaster, find high ground. Once you’re sure everyone is safe and sound, call the authorities to locate the closest shelter. Follow their instructions whether it’s to wait at a specified location or otherwise. The authorities will come to collect you and bring you to the temporary shelter as soon as they can.
Now that we’ve discussed the do’s, it’s time to talk about the don’ts. These are a few common mistakes people do during a flood:
- Do not bring any personal belongings with you. They’re not worth your life.
- Do not enter flood water. Not only is there a risk of you being pulled away by the current, it’s also extremely dirty. Touching flood water may lead to you contracting diseases such as tetanus.
- Do not drink tap water. Wait until the authorities announce that the water is safe to consume.
- Do not go near any sewage or drains.
Be sure to stay safe when dealing with a flooded house, no matter the reason behind it. Don’t be a hero; wait for the authorities to resolve the issue.