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101 - Hurricane Irma News Release - Safety Reminders for Collier County Residents

Post Date:09/16/2017 1:15 PM

Safety Reminders for Collier County Residents

• The Collier County Public Utilities Department has enacted a boil water/ disinfectant notice for all customers of the Collier County Water District, including Goodland.

• The Florida Department of Health advises bringing the water to a full rolling boil for at least one minute. Let the water cool before use. If you do not have power, you can disinfect your water by adding 1/8 teaspoon or eight drops of plain, unscented household bleach (4 to 6 percent strength) per gallon of water and then let the water sit for a minimum of 30 minutes. If using high-strength bleach (8.25 percent), use seven drops per gallon. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the process. Use a container with a cap or cover to store the water for drinking. The precautionary boil water notice will remain in effect until further notice.

• The men and women working to restore utilities and clear storm-related debris from the roadways are just feet from traffic and inattentive drivers. These workers need your help to keep them safe so they can go home to their families.

• As Floridians begin the task of preparing for a Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) is urging the public to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) exposure by taking precautions with gas-powered appliances and charcoal or gas grills. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is highly poisonous. Depending on the level of exposure, CO may cause fatigue, weakness, chest pains for those with heart disease, shortness of breath upon exertion, nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion, lack of coordination, impaired vision, loss of consciousness, and in severe cases, death.

The Collier County Information Hotline is active for residents who have questions at (239) 252-8444 (within Collier County residents may dial 311). Information can also be found at or social media channels, including Facebook ( and Twitter (@CollierPIO).


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