So what are the key things you should do when thunder and lightning strike? Delhi government has issued an advisory following an alert put out by the weather department, which predicts strong winds with a speed of 50-70 kmph. The Delhi government issued a list of “dos and don’ts” to deal with any possible situation. The advisory includes preparedness before, during, and after the thunderstorm.
* Look for darkening skies and increased wind. If you hear thunder then you are close enough to be struck by lightning
* Prepare an emergency kit for safety and survival
* Close windows and doors
* Secure your house, carry out repairs in advance, don’t leave sharp objects loose
* Secure outside objects that could blow away and cause damage, eg: Furniture, bins, etc
* Get rid of rotting trunks/broken tree branches that could fall and cause injury or damage
* Monitor radio, TV, newspapers to get latest weather updates and warnings
* Ensure children and pets are indoors
DURING THE STORM
* Continue to keep a watch on local weather updates and warnings.
* Stay indoors and off verandas and porches. Avoid all travel if possible.
* Avoid touching plumbing and electrical pipes. Do not use running water. Avoid taking a bath/shower. This is because lightning can travel along pipes.
* Stay away from structures with tin roofs/metal sheeting.
* Unplug unnecessary electrical equipment (to isolate them from the main power supply which may conduct a power surge during a lightning storm). Don’t use corded telephones. Mobiles or cordless phones are safe.
* Keep away from doors, windows, fireplaces, bath tubs, or any electrical charge conductors.
* Stay put if you are inside a car/bus/covered vehicle.
* Don’t use metallic objects, stay away from power/telephone lines.
* Don’t take shelter near/under trees.
* Get out of the water — pools, lakes, small boats — and take shelter immediately.
AFTER THE STORM
* Stay away from storm-damaged areas.
* Help children, women, elderly and differently-abled.
* Follow local radio/TV stations for updated information on weather and traffic updates.
* Stay away from fallen trees, all utility lines (power, phone lines), metal fences and hilltops Report fallen lines to the nearest tehsil/district headquarters.
OTHER IMPORTANT STEPS
So, what should you do? First, go inside! No place outside is ever safe during a thunderstorm.
* Commuters should “keep themselves updated about weather conditions and plan their journey accordingly”.
* Those who are stopping on the road or parking their vehicle have been advised to keep away from overhead electrical wires, tinned roofs, trees, etc., it said.
* The commuters have been advised to take shelter under concrete structures.
* The advisory has asked commuters to avoid travelling during the storm.
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