Health Unit Warns Sandbags May Be Contaminated
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health unit says sandbags used to protect homes and businesses during the flooding should be considered contaminated, as they have been in contact with everything that was in the water.
The Health Unit advises that both the bags and the sand within them may contain harmful bacteria or other contaminants which can be harmful to human health and the environment.
Used sandbags should be treated as municipal waste and for more information on where to properly dispose used sandbags contact your local municipality.
The Health Unit says you should wear appropriate protection such as gloves and eye wear to reduce your risk of exposure to bacteria, chemicals or other hazards that could be present on or in used sandbags.
For more information about flooding, visit the health unit’s website at www.smdhu.org/flood