Seven Important Safety Tips To Keep In Mind During Flood
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than any other hazard related to thunderstorms in Nigeria.
Flood may result from rain, snow, storm surges, blocked water passes, and overflows of dams and other water systems.
Failing to evacuate flooded areas or entering floodwaters can lead to injury or death.Here are precautionary measures to know this raining season:
- Do not swim, walk, or drive through floodwaters. Just one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away, and six inches of moving water can knock you down.
- Don't ignore flood information, signs, and warnings from the authorities. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
- Make plans for your entire household and build a "Go Kit" of supplies you will need if you have to quickly evacuate your home.
- Do not walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters. Turn around. Don’t Drown!
- Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
- Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
- Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock, and avoid wading in floodwater.
Your first priority should always be to get yourself and your loved ones to a safe location, away from the flooded area. You can always recover or acquire the properties later.