It seems we are in for a spate of heavy rains. It is really essential to exercise safety measures to take good care of ourselves and others around us. You should actually avoid lightning, flash floods, and other dangerous conditions caused by heavy downpours. Electrocution may yet be one of the more insidious of accidents that we must learn to combat.
Firstly, be aware of the weather conditions. Subscribe to weather alerts, watch current weather forecasts, listen to weather reports or scan the skies before heading out. Next, if you are located in flood prone areas protect your stuff. Pick up and store materials above the flood levels. Make use of plastic sheets to cover things that need to be sheltered.
With regard to safety – do not touch wiring when it rains. Unplug electric and electronic items when you hear thunder. Corded phones are dangerous during thunderstorms. Lightning traveling through telephone wires has killed people. Cell phone and cordless phones are safe. Also wait it out before you use plumbing-sinks, showers, tubs, and toilets. Plumbing can conduct electricity from lightning strikes from outside!
It is actually best to unplug electronics like TV, stereo, home entertainment centers, and computers modem lines when rains are expected. Stop playing video games connected to the TV. Do not let children play near storm drains or rain water pools after a heavy rain. In fact when you hear thunder roaring, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to being struck by lightning. There is no place outside that is safe from a lightning strike.
Stay at home. In case of power disruption always have a disaster kit handy. Keep candles, flashlights, extra batteries, food, water and transistor radio together to sustain you until electric power is back. If you are outside avoid low-water crossings. If your vehicle is caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Never drive through flooded roadways. Be especially cautious at night. The best defense is to pull off the road to wait out heavy rains. Take care – Safety First!