With Hurricane Irene hitting the East Coast this past weekend, many Americans are facing flooded homes and streets.

FOX's Karlie Pouliot reports on how you can stay safe and healthy when treading these unfamiliar waters in today's "Housecall for Health":

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With much of the East Coast dealing with flood waters as a result of Hurricane Irene, there are a few things you need to know to ensure your safety during the clean up.

First, don't wade in it.  The water could be contaminated with fecal matter, bacteria and viruses.  Also, avoid eating or drinking anything that has even come close to the flood waters.  And, of course, if you're cleaning up water damage, always wash your hands with soap and water - especially before eating.

Housecall for Health, I'm Karlie Pouliot, FOX News Radio.