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Cleanup, Health & Safety

Stay safe and healthy as you clean up from the Boulder County flood. Use caution to avoid contact with contamination.

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Worker Safety


Exposure to flood waters alone does not increase the risk of tetanus. However, during flood cleanup, the risk of wounds may be increased. For this reason, cleanup workers should be sure that they are up-to-date with tetanus vaccination, ideally before starting cleanup activities. Adults need a tetanus booster shot every 10 years.

Residents involved in cleanup activities should contact their regular healthcare provider or local pharmacy to arrange for a tetanus booster, if needed. Residents may also receive the vaccination at a Boulder County Public Health Immunization clinic. The cost is $21.50.

Hepatitis A

Residents working on flood cleanup are not at increased risk for hepatitis A; therefore hepatitis A vaccination is not recommended.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that that comes from burning fuel such as gasoline, charcoal, or propane. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal.

  • Do not use generators, pressure washers, charcoal grills, camp stoves, or other fuel-burning devices indoors or in enclosed or partially enclosed areas such as garages, even with doors or windows open.
  • Do not put these devices outside near an open door, window, or air vent.
  • If possible, make sure a battery or electric powered CO detector is functional.

Cleanup Precautions

Colorado Help line, COHelp at 303-389-1687

Call center staff can answer questions about debris (furniture, carpets, mud, hazardous waste, etc.) removal and collection, mold, and disinfection. Assistance available in English and Spanish. Toll free 1-877-462-2911.