The monsoon can bring on a host of horrid bacteria mainly due to increase level of dampness everywhere. From the humid atmosphere to the mouldy wall and rotten doors. Take these few precautions to keep you and your family safe.
It also happens to be the best time to go house hunting. Remember to bath daily, preferably twice, to wash away all germs from the body. Eat healthily and take all your vitamins religiously.
Aside from keeping an umbrella or raincoat handy, these few tips would help you enjoy the most out of this rainy season.
Avoid walking in the rain
In as much as this childhood habit may seem inviting please refrain from walking in the rain. Rainwater may not be as clean as you think, they happen to be a host for various viral diseases such as leptospirosis.
If your clothes happen to get wet, change them immediately. Do walk around or stay in an air-conditioned room in your wet clothes least you catch a cold. Also, get out of wet shoes or soaks immediately to prevent a fungal infection of the foot and nails.
Close all windows before you leave home
Sometimes the rains may come with gusty winds which may cause more damage than anticipated. Make sure all windows are clothed and latched properly. This may also be the time to check for leaky roof or pipelines in the house.
Keep a mosquitoes repellent handy
Unfortunately, the rains drag mosquitoes in its wake as more and more breading places become available. An important health tip is to keep a mosquito repellent on you especially if you would be staying out late. Malaria can be quite nasty so don’t leave yourself open to assault from mosquitoes.
Avoid eating raw foods like salad
Changes of contaminated fresh leafy greens are high during the rainy season. Flooding in fields and low-lying areas with contaminated water would cause these vegetables to be coated in germs. Which may still be present even after rigorous washing or cleaning.
Therefore it will be safer to eat cooked foods rather than raw food. At least the cooking processes kill most germs at high temperatures.
Take precautionary measures when driving in the rain
Sadly, quite a number of accidents happen on our roads during the rainy season. It is important to ensure that your car is properly set to take on the rains. Make sure your windshield wipers are working correctly. Also, ensure that your headlights are working well so other drivers can see you.
Tire treads should be the proper depth to provide good traction on wet roadways to prevent your car from skidding. During a rainstorm, slow down to avoid hydroplaning. hydroplaning by the tires of a road vehicle is when a layer of water builds between the wheels of the vehicle and the road surface, leading to a loss of traction that prevents the vehicle from responding to control inputs.
Should you begin to skid, avoid applying hard brakes, which can also contribute to hydroplaning. Remain calm and continue driving in the direction you would like the car to go.