Heavy rains and lightning can damage your house. They can also disrupt your travel plans. There’s also the added danger of infections and various types of water-borne diseases. If you have children in your house, you must ensure that they do not eat outside food or drink unfiltered water during the monsoon.
It is also the flu season. So, keep tissues and medicines at home. Disinfect your home with an effective floor cleaning agent regularly. You can clean and disinfect the floor using a suitable disinfectant floor cleaner, like a sodium-hypochlorite based product such as Domex Floor Cleaner which kills germs. Follow instructions on the pack for usage and compatible surfaces and always test on an inconspicuous area first.
To ensure that you and your loved ones are always safe, you must take all the necessary precautions. Here are a few tips.
1) Don’t Touch Electric Wires
Avoid touching electric wires during monsoons. Especially the ones fallen due to heavy rain. They could be live and fatal. Also, if they have fallen in a small pool of rain water, avoid walking through it. Educate your kids and elders about the same. You could also inform your local authority about the issue.
2) Precautions Against Mosquitoes
Taking precautions against mosquitoes is very important during monsoons. They can transmit various disease like dengue, malaria, chikungunya, etc. They tend to lay eggs in puddles of water, it is best to avoid stepping in water. Consider wearing full sleeved clothes. Use electric mosquito repellents and burn mosquito coils to keep them away. You could also install mosquito screens on your windows and nets on your beds.
3) Remain Cautious While Driving
During monsoons, we suggest you to drive with caution as this is time when road accidents are common. Wet tarmac can cause the road to become slippery, thus, it is best to drive slowly, and avoid speeding. Always turn on your headlights and drive away from heavy vehicles. Due to heavy rains and foggy weather the vision becomes blur. Before you drive, always remember to quickly check your fuel, tyres, wipers, breaks, etc.
4) Unplug Your Electronics
It is best to unplug your electronic devices during the rainy season. This is the time when the voltage fluctuation and load shedding is common. This could damage your electronics. It is best to switch them off when not in use.
5) Close Your Windows
As much as possible, keep your windows and doors shut during monsoons. This will prevent mosquitoes and other pests from entering your home. It is especially important when you have kids and toddlers in your family. Rain drops can also damage your wall paint and furniture.
6) Stock Up on Raincoats and Umbrellas
As the monsoon season approaches, stock up on raincoats and umbrellas for you and your family. It is best to keep one or two units extra in case of emergency. Always carry one with you through the monsoon season, even on the days when it is not raining.
7) Stay Updated
Always keep yourself up-to-date about the weather forecast. Make your plans accordingly. Avoid meetings and going to places that are known to get flooded. Account for delays due to traffic jams and public transport cancellations while scheduling your appointments.
8) Check for Leaks
Before the monsoon sets in, check your house for leaks. It will help you avoid short circuits and electric shocks. If there’s a wiring problem, fix it immediately. Install power surge protection devices to protect your electrical appliances.
9) Safety Kit
Keep a disaster kit ready in your house and vehicle. You should consider the possibility of having to evacuate your house in case of a wall collapse or any other crisis. At this time, you will have to step out in a matter of seconds. Keep a safety kit ready with ample food packets, a medical kit and some cash. It will also be useful in case you are stranded in heavy traffic.
Monsoons are also the time to sip hot tea and enjoy crisp pakoras. Avoid panic and stress by being prepared to face any crisis.