With the rainy season upon us again, it is essential to know how to prepare for rainy days. By doing so, you can ensure your family’s safety and your work to continue without too much interruptions. To help you achieve this, here are some safety precautions during rainy days you should know.
Ensure Your House is Prepared for the Rainy Season.
Just like us, the weather can take a toll on our houses. So when preparing for rainy days, don’t forget to check your house for any damages so you can repair it immediately.
Start by checking your roof for any damages or holes and fix them as early as possible. If you’re capable of basic home repairs, there are plenty of sealants and other products available you can use. If not, you can hire a professional to help you instead.
Another reason you may experience flooding is that water can’t pass through your house’s gutters and downspouts easily. To solve this, regularly check and unclog them of any fallen leaves, rocks, or trash that may have fallen on them.
If you have any trees or large plants near your house, it would be wise to trim them down to prepare for rainy days. Failing to do so may cause damage to your home and a potential health hazard when going outside.
Check Your House’s Electrical Systems.
Another potential risk and fire hazard in your house this rainy season are faulty electrical systems. Obviously, checking your house’s wirings is part of the “what not to do during rainy days” list. So you should do this when the sun is out to minimize the risk of electrocution.
Here are some tips that you should follow when checking your house’s electrical systems to prepare for rainy days:
- Check your appliances for any damaged wires, scorched plugs, or any other electrical damage regularly.
- Ensure you turn off the house’s main power when inspecting its wiring and connections.
- Replace damaged sockets, switches, and wires as soon as possible.
- Never use high-voltage appliances during a storm.
- Turn off any appliance you’re not using.
Get Yourself a Pocket Wifi.
A common issue Filipino remote workers face when working during rainy days is the sudden loss of internet connection. To solve this, many are acquiring pocket wifis, so they have a backup internet connection to continue working.
One advantage of having pocket wifi over a regular internet connection is that it’s not tied to an electrical socket to work. This means that in the case of a power outage, you can continue working, so long as you’re working via a laptop. In some cases, the internet speed of pocket wifi is faster than that of a regular internet connection.
Take Care of Yourself.
With the rainy season comes diseases. Aside from ensuring your equipment is prepared for rainy days, you shouldn’t forget to take care of yourself. Aside from hindering you from work, getting sick may also jeopardize your family, especially since Covid’s still out there.
To avoid getting sick, eat healthily, have 7-8 hours of sleep, and exercise regularly to keep your body in shape. In addition, when going out in the rain, make sure you have appropriate rain protection and avoid going into floods. If you’re feeling cold, try to eat or drink something hot like soup or a cup of chocolate.
Communicate With Your Boss Regularly.
One way to avoid trouble with your boss if you’re having problems working due to bad weather is by sending regular progress reports. Doing this helps them keep track of your progress and know if you need any help.
For example, keeping in contact with your boss helps you notify them if there’s a power interruption in your area. Doing this helps them know your current situation, so they won’t worry about you.
But what if a typhoon passes by your area and knocks out the electricity and internet connection? In this case, notify them as soon as you and your family are safe. You and your family’s safety comes first before work, after all.
Don’t Forget to Stay Dry!
With the weather turning in for the worse, we need to remain prepared for anything. But with so many factors to consider, knowing where to start can be challenging. Hopefully, this list will help you prepare for rainy days.