FEMA offers tips on dealing with mold caused by Irene

As many Brooklyn residents continue dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, experts say mold that builds up over time could have a serious effect

BROOKLYN - As many Brooklyn residents continue dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, experts say mold that builds up over time could have a serious effect on health.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has some tips to help deal with mold issues in homes. First, officials say don't take a risk with any moldy carpeting or furniture. Just throw it out.

They say residents should scrub down contaminated walls and floors as good as possible. They recommend using a cup and a half of bleach per gallon of water. They add that contaminated areas should be well ventilated.

When cleaning those areas, residents should wear a filter mask and gloves.

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