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18 May, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Staying safe during lightning strikes

By Bipul K Debnath
Staying safe during lightning strikes

This monsoon season, people are being killed almost daily in lightning strikes. This natural disaster has become a great concern for us. Creating mass awareness and staying alert during thunderstorms are very much important to mitigate damages to life and property. Besides, following some easy instructions can save many lives during lightning strikes.

M Omar Faruq, a meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has provided some instructions for our readers to stay safe during thunderstorms. Though it is really difficult to remember safety tips during times of trouble, we need to revise them for our own safety.

Followings are some tips to stay safe during lightning strikes:

If you are outside, you must go to a safer place as soon as the sky starts getting dark; you will have at least half an hour before the lighting starts.

Use an umbrella with a plastic or wooden handle during thunderstorms.

Stay away from tall trees and electric poles, because there is the highest possibility lightning will strike those first.

Do not allow children to play outside during thunderstorms.

Don't put on wet shoes or stay barefoot. If you need to go outside, then you should put on rubber shoes that cover your feet. Rubber gumboots will work best in this case.

Take shelter in a concrete building. Don’t go outside when lightning strikes are going on. It is safer to stay indoors. Keep windows closes and stay away from verandahs as lighting can also strike the building.

Avoid touching metal objects. Don’t touch electric or telephone wires. Don’t use the land phone while lightning is going on. Switch off all types of electronic and gas devices. Unplug them at the first sight of lightning.

If you are in a car on the road during a thunderstorm, try to get to a safe place as soon as possible. It may be dangerous to touch windshields during lightning.

If there is no place for taking shelter while working outside in an open field, then you must squat down, balancing on your big toes to limit contact with the soil as much as possible. Cover your ears to avoid hearing damage. Under any circumstances, do not lie down on the ground.

Stay away from wetlands during thunderstorms. Do not go out for fishing. If you are on a boat, stay under the shade. Don’t touch water.

Ensure installation of lightning rods in every building. If there is no adequate safety inside the house, then everyone should go to a different room instead staying in the same place.

A person injured by a bolt of lightning should be given the same treatment as an electrocuted patient. Try to hospitalise the victim as soon as possible. n

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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