Who doesn’t love the sound of rain, the smell of earth and the sight of green sceneries paired with blooming flowers? However, from flooding, accidents to water and airborne diseases, this wet weather can also cause quite a lot of trouble.
To help make your rainy months illness-proof, here are some tips on how to stay healthy.
1. Don’t touch electric wires
Stay away from electric wires—especially the ones that have either fallen from heavy rain or are dangling precariously from the pole, about to fall off. These wires are mostly still live and touching them could potentially be fatal. If you have children, educate them about the importance of staying away from fallen electric wires and poles as well.
In case you see these wires lying in a puddle of water after rain, stay away from it as far as possible since stepping on them can possibly electrocute you.
Since these wires tend to break during heavy rainfall, keep an eye on the electric poles in your area and alert concerned authorities if needed. This might also help save others from unfortunate accidents.
Moreover, do not park your vehicle directly under power lines or next to utility poles. It is also recommended to avoid ringing people’s doorbells while it’s pouring, particularly if the bell isn’t covered by some sort of shade and is exposed to water.
2. Avoid walking in the rain
The pools of water on the road may seem visibly clean, but they contain a host of bacteria, which can lead to a number of viral diseases and fungal infections. Be careful of temporary and flooded rivers to avoid drowning.
In case you have no other option, but to step in a puddle to get to your home or workplace, make sure to thoroughly wash your foot with soap and clean water. Also, do not wear wet socks or wet shoes. Wearing covered shoes or boots is also one of the top tips for staying safe during the heavy rains.
3. Try to stay dry as much as possible
Keeping yourself dry, fresh, and clean is the best way to avoid diseases such as cold, cough, flu and fever. Having an umbrella and other rain gear can protect you from being soaked in the rain.
Always keep a portable umbrella or raincoat in your bag to keep you dry. In case you get rained on, it is important to take a bath afterwards. This would help regularise your body temperature.
4. Take precautions against mosquitoes
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in pools of stagnant water, thus making rainy season the perfect breeding time for these pesky insects. Given the fact they can transmit malaria, dengue along with other diseases, consider using mosquito repellents or burning mosquito coils to keep the insects at bay. Moreover, wear long-sleeved shirts and avoid sitting outside in the dark if possible.
Using mosquito nets around your bed is one of the major safety precautions during the rainy season that will keep you and your family healthy.
5. Drive slowly and carefully
Road accidents are quite common during heavy rainy season, which is why drivers need to practice extreme caution in this weather. Since wet tarmac can become rather slippery, it is advised to avoid speeding and tailgating (closely following the car in front of you). If the vehicle behind you is tailgating, make sure to put some distance between the two.
Avoid making any sudden turns as well. Moreover, be wary of riding motorcycles while it’s raining, as they tend to slip and fall rather easily on wet roads. Be careful of bikers around you.
One of the most important road safety tips during the rainy season is to stay away from heavy vehicles and turn on your headlights so that your car is visible despite the heavy downpour. Don’t forget to check your fuel, brakes, tires and wipers before driving in such weather as well.
6. Unplug electronic appliances
One of the top electrical safety tips during the rainy season, apart from not touching electrical wires, is to unplug electronic appliances during heavy rainfall. If your wiring gets wet due to humidity in the atmosphere or rainwater, it can be dangerous for anyone to touch these appliances.
If you live in an area that’s prone to flooding during heavy rainfall, touching these appliances while they are plugged in can potentially cause shock. Therefore, it is recommended to switch off and unplug all such devices before the water enters your house.
If possible, consider moving electronic appliances such as refrigerators and televisions away from the windows as a safety measure during the rainy season.
7. Destination check
While it is great to travel, especially as we head to the festive season, it is important to do a review of the place that you’re visiting, to make sure you aren’t staying in a vulnerable disaster spot.
Proper research and planning the destination for your travel is the primary way to prepare for and stay safe during heavy rainfall.
8. Increase your fluid intake
Drink a lot of water because it helps cleanse your body of germs and bacteria and wades of cough, colds, among others. However, ensure you are drinking treated water as it is easier for water contamination to happen during the rainy season.
Additionally, since the weather is already cool, your body will need a lot of warm drinks such as tea and nutrient-packed juices to help prevent dehydration and reduce sore throat or the likelihood of colds.
9. Avoid street food
Avoid street food and raw vegetables as much as possible. They are directly exposed to the environment and can be prone to air and water-borne diseases. Instead, maintain a nutritional diet that includes cooked food.
10. Wash your hands regularly
Bacteria and water-borne diseases are more active during the rainy season because of the moist environment, which is why it is important to wash your hands before you eat or touch your face.
Regular hand washing is the first step to prevent the spread of the many air and water-borne germs we witness during this season. An additional tip would be to have a sanitiser in your bag to easily apply anytime.