Now that the rain is here, it is important we take due precautions against risks associated with the season. Taking precautions suggest we already know the risks and responsive actions to be taken to tackle them.

Rainy season is known for frequent rainfalls, high humidity, coldness, wind storms, etc. In these parts, where roads are in shambles, complemented by no or poor drainages, improper disposal of waste and faulty electric cables and poles, it is more difficult to deal with attendant risks during rainfall.

On many occasions rural dwellers and residents in suburbs of major cities are left to fate during rainy seasons. They most times swim across flood water in and after a heavy downpour in their local communities and even in some city centres. In such cases, you risk your feet being infected with bacterial infection.

But for general safety precautions, please take note of the following:

1 Get your umbrella or raincoat handy especially when it appears it would rain. A safer way is keeping more than one umbrellas- one at work and another at home.

  1. Always stay away from rainfall, especially when it is so heavy. This is because there could be faulty electric poles or cables waiting to fall at the slightest strike of wind storm.
  2. Do not leave any electric appliance on power during heavy rainfall, as thunder storm could ignite a daring flame.
  3. Wear thick clothing before leaving home and in case the rain starts later in the day, you find a suitable place to keep yourself warm.
  4. Common cold, catarrh and cough are known to have sway during rainy season, so endeavor to make available enough precautionary drugs or supplements to check them.
  5. Always eat warm food and get yourself high heat-conserving food warmers in case you intend to eat later in the day.
  6. Do not bathe in the cold. Try as much as you can to bathe with lukewarm (a neither cold nor hot) water. But if your choice is warm or hot water try not to make it a daily routine. Bathing with a neither hot nor warm water increases your chances of getting cold while the lukewarm water helps guard you against catching cold.
  7. Do not throw your waste in drainages or water channels, it worsen the cases of flooding and spread of diseases.
  8. Avoid riverine areas as the tides of water bodies rise beyond normal levels during rainy season and this could pose danger to anyone close-by. Swimming in flowing water is highly prohibited and should be discouraged.
  9. Always act in line with weather reports as they help give warning signs of danger.
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Till we meet again, enjoy the rainy season.