Safety Tips This Rainy Season
After a scorching summer, tropical countries like the Philippines are habituated for the next season.
We only have two seasons to anticipate for – the dry and the wet seasons.
The wet season starts at around or before June and peaks in July to August that can last until November.
How do you stay safe during the rainy season? Around this period, thunderstorms and monsoons are also expected to occur, and though we are used to this, it’s always better to be heedful than sorry.
The Philippines, located near the equator and one of the countries that major in agricultural crops and products, is prone to tropical storm-related calamities.
How do farmers take extra precautions when tending to their crops? How do you, as an individual, get ready for the rainy season? What are the things that you do to prepare for your family’s safety?
Nueva City, being the nation’s rice cultivation capital, depends on natural rainfall to provide needed adequate amounts of water for the fields.
Yet, the fieldwork is also associated being exposed to numerous health hazards and diseases that can be prevented with necessary safety measures.
It’s also common for monsoon-related air and water-borne illnesses to come about, so we have to be extra mindful with our daily activities, hygiene and eating habits.
Do’s and dont’s during rainy season.
Stock up on clean water. If you can’t avoid getting wet in the rain (or street puddles) make sure that you take a shower to wash off any bacteria from your skin.
Also, be sure to drink plenty of boiled or filtered water to flush out any toxins that you might have ingested.
Warm tea is also helpful to keep your internal body warm and contains antioxidants to avoid cough and colds.
Gear up. Have your umbrella and raincoat with you at all times. It’s also better if you wear long sleeves and pants to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Mosquitos breed adamantly during rainy season and they carry different kinds of viruses.
If you have farm work in the fields, don’t forget to wear rubber boots to prevent fungal infections. Wearing rubber boots can also protect you from an electrical accident that may be conducted on wet grounds.
Calculate time between thunder roars and lightning bolts. Open fields are prone to lightning strikes. If staying indoors is infeasible and you get caught in the middle of a thunderstorm while checking on your crops, keep your body low, crouched and closer to the ground.
Avoid staying under isolated trees and poles too. Please avoid standing around puddles of water for this could generate electricity if hit by a lightning.
Practice to conduct timing between thunder and lightning bolts to know how far away the lightning strikes were and keep a safe distance. For every five second interval, the storm is one mile away. Watch out if you hear thunder and see lightning at the same time.
It’s not true that lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice; this folklore will not protect you from getting hit.
Fix your roofings ahead of time. In rural areas of Palayan City, capital city of Nueva Ecija, folks have this way of weighing their roofs down with old tyres and large stones. This could dangerously cause the roof to collapse.
During summer, fix your roofs of any possible leaks and tighten the bolts to secure from the strong wind during monsoon. If you should weigh down your roofs, distribute the tyres or stones evenly and place them above the foundations.
(If you own animals of any kind, please include them in your shelter preparations and don’t leave them exposed to a rough weather condition.)
Prepare a first aid medical kit/supplies on hand. The heavy rains can cause poor visibility and minor accidents are unavoidable, like stepping on a sharp object or slipping on a wet ground. Have an emergency medical kit on hand for immediate attention to wounds and scratches.
It’s also convenient to store basic medicine supplies for fever or cough, in case no drugstore is operating during a monsoon.
Make a list of hospitals and clinics that will be open in your area for major emergencies.
Drive or travel conservatively. Raise your alertness when driving in the rain. Turn on your head lights and drive with reduced speed; there could be spilled oil on a wet road and make it slippery.
Be wary of animals lost on the roads and people walking or standing by. Animal-drawn caravans should not be forced to make trips. Animals may get stressed and panic that can cause your carriage to dismantle.
Check on the vehicle brake and windshield wipers beforehand. Do not cross shallow rivers or flooded roads or bridges. Wait it out until you can cross safely.
Prepare for power failure. Rechargeable lamps are very reliable during rainy season. They must always be ready in case the power comes off. Charge your powerbanks too.
Rechargeable lamps are safer alternatives as opposed to candles, but if you must use candles during a power failure, avoid placing them near curtains or other kindling materials, and never go to sleep without putting them out.