Human Waste. One thing many people don’t consider is waste. Not having a plan for how to handle waste can create disease and sickness quickly. It doesn’t take a lot of preparation but it does take a bit of forethought.
In-House Toilets – Precautions
During times of emergencies, such as power outages, for those people that plan to empty the water out of their toilet bowls and then place a garbage bag in the bottom to catch the refuge, this is not a good idea. The water in the toilet bowl (and the traps for sinks, showers, tubs, floor drains, etc.) keeps the sewer gases from coming into your living space. Sewer gases are methane gas, and therefore, are very deadly and explosive. News stories report that utility workers have died from exposure to methane gas. It is also important to add water to your floor drains or other unused drains about once a month in case the water has evaporated.
It would also be a good idea to check out a “Plumbing Plug”, a device that seals off the drains. If the sewer systems don’t work, sewage can start to come up through the shower, tub, toilets, and even sink drains. This can also happen because of flooding, frozen drain pipes, blockages, etc.