Use­ful tips for thun­der­storm sea­son

New Straits Times - - Letters -

IT was in­deed sad to read of an el­derly cou­ple who died af­ter be­ing struck by light­ning while jogging in Pu­chong on Sun­day. The in­ci­dent oc­curred be­fore rain­fall as they were re­turn­ing home.

A sim­i­lar in­ci­dent hap­pened a few years ago when an el­derly man was struck by light­ning while jogging in Ta­man Tasik Ti­ti­wangsa.

The thun­der­storm sea­son has started, so the pub­lic should be reminded of safety tips:

STOP all out­door ac­tiv­i­ties and seek shel­ter as soon as you see dark thun­der­clouds on the hori­zon. Light­ning can strike up to 15km from thun­der­clouds, even be­fore the rain starts;

IF you can hear thun­der or see a light­ning bolt, seek shel­ter im­me­di­ately. You may be in dan­ger of be­ing struck by light­ning;

DON’T wait for rain­fall be­fore you act. Some­times, light­ning oc­curs be­fore the rain falls.

Never use an um­brella in a light­ning storm;

DON’T seek shel­ter un­der a tree or in a tent, small shed, “kongsi”, ro­tunda or road­side food stall.

For small shel­ters, en­sure that they are in­stalled with light­ning pro­tec­tion systems be­fore you take shel­ter in them;

DO take shel­ter in­side a sturdy or large build­ing, a metal roofed ve­hi­cle (a bus, van or car) or un­der a large struc­ture.

To avoid be­ing struck by de­bris from light­ning dam­age, do not stand out­side a large build­ing;

IF there is no proper shel­ter nearby, get down from an el­e­vated po­si­tion (mound, hill­top or plat­form).

Get into any de­pres­sion in the ground or a dry drain;

GET into a light­ning safety po­si­tion — squat down with your feet to­gether and close your ears with your hands.

Don’t lie down. Don’t touch any­one or any metal ob­jects;

IF it is rain­ing, make sure to wet your clothes as wet cloth­ing re­duces se­ri­ous in­juries to a light­ning-struck per­son. Let the cur­rent flow over you, not in­side you;

IN­SIDE the shel­ter, don’t touch any metal­lic ob­jects, elec­tric equip­ment or ca­ble.

Don’t use the tele­phone un­less it is ur­gent. Use a mo­bile phone in­stead (if it is avail­able).

Keep away from the bal­cony, ve­ran­dah, door­way, win­dow, wall or pil­lar; and,

STAY in­side your shel­ter for at least 30 min­utes af­ter the last thun­der is heard. Light­ning can strike up to 15km from thun­der­clouds, even af­ter the rain has stopped.

Z.A. HARTONO Kuala Lumpur

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