With all this precipitation, it seems like the perfect moment to brush up on various safety tips in heavy rains. ☔️
When out and about:
☔️ Do not walk or bike through flowing water. Flowing water that’s over six inches deep is enough to make you lose your footing.
☔️ Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in cars than anywhere else. ☔️ Don’t drive around road barriers as the road or bridge may be washed out.
☔️ Stay away from power lines and electrical wires as electrocution might occur.
Staying safe at home or in the office:
☔️ In the event that your electricity should go out, check if you have space in your freezer then fill plastic containers with up to 90 percent of water. This will act as a coolant and keep the food cold.
☔️ Staying in touch: back up your computer regularly and consider investing in extra batteries for laptops, or a DC converter which allows most laptops to use the cigarette lighter in a car. Keep all mobile devices charged and have an extra phone that stays fully charged and kept somewhere safe and easily accessible.
☔️ Protect your electronics: use a surge protector for all appliances to protect them from shorting out.
☔️ Just in case: Have flashlights, spare batteries, bottled water, a power bank fully charged, food supply that doesn’t require cooking, and a first aid kit.
☔️ Get familiar with your surroundings: know where your electric service panel is located. In most apartment buildings this will be along the hallways. Check to make sure there isn't a leak near that area; if there is one, immediately get that area looked at.
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