Do open your doors and windows to ventilate your home. It takes a brick about an inch a month to dry out. Do take care to ensure your house is secure. Remember to unblock airbricks and doorways.
Do wash your hands with disinfectant if you come into contact with the water directly. Watch out for any broken glass or nails while you are clearing up.
Do check in Yellow Pages under Flood Damage for suppliers of cleaning materials or equipment to dry out your property.
Do wash taps and run them for a few minutes before use. Mains tap water should not be contaminated but check with your local water company if you are concerned.
Don't attempt to operate any damaged electrical goods until they have been checked by a certified electrical engineer. Floodwater conducts electricity.
Don't attempt to operate any gas appliances until a certified gas engineer has checked them. Be careful with naked flames. Gas pockets, oil and other contaminants can build up in and around floodwater.
Don't eat food that has come into contact with the water - floodwater contains sewage and other contaminants.
Don't walk through fast flowing water in the home or outside - floodwater can be fast moving. Just six inches of water can knock you off your feet. Be careful of holes and dips when moving around. Use a stick to gauge depth.