This year raining season has bought harvest of deaths and destruction in some parts of the country. Lagos state and several other water-prone parts of the country have been feeling the heats more. With the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) warning of more flooding before the year ends, there is no doubt there would be more safety concerns in the coming days and weeks. Here are few tips to stay safe during heavy downpour:
- When everywhere is flooded, do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches of moving water can make you fall.
- It’s very important that you do not swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t drown!
- It’s necessary that you stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
- Most drivers don’t obey this but it’s very risky – you must not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
- If your home is flooded, turn off your electricity when you return home. You should also stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.
- Once it rains, the ground cannot comfortably contain and absorb the water making it to runoff and resulting in so much water on the surface hence do avoid walking during rainfall, especially near drainage.
- Stop dumping dirt/refuse into the drainage system, this can cause blockage thus causing undeserved dangers leading to overflooding.
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