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Sanitation Safety Tips – Inform USVI

As we continue to recover from the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Department of Health would like to share some pertinent information that will assist in keeping the virgin Island Community Healthy.

– Throw away food that may have come in contact with flood or storm water;

– While power is out, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible;
Clean and sanitize food-contact surfaces that have come in contact with flood or storm water;

– Throw out wooden cutting boards, baby nipples, and pacifiers if they have come into contact with flood or storm waters

– Clean and sanitize food-contact surfaces with these steps:

1. Wash with soap and hot, clean water
2. Rinse with clean water
3. Sanitize by immersing for 1 minute in a solution of 1 cup (8 oz./250 mL) of unscented household chlorine bleach in 5 gallons of clean water

– Do not use water you suspect or have been told is contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, wash and prepare food, wash your hands, make ice or make baby formula;

– Safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene includes bottled, boiled or treated water.

Remember unsafe food can make you sick even if it looks, smells, and taste normal. When in doubt throw it out!