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Weathering the Storm: Essential Precautions in Monsoon Season

July 17, 2023 | By

Stay safe and prepared during the monsoon season with essential precautions. Weather the storm with our expert tips.

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Rain is just confetti from the sky!”   —  Anonymous

Monsoons are the enrapturing season of the year that makes us fall in love with love! As the rains descend upon us, accompanied by gusty winds and the refreshing scent of petrichor, it’s essential to embrace the beauty of the monsoon season while ensuring our safety.

Monsoons are like sour and sweet candy! The fun of rains and the pain of water logging! Both have to be dealt with equipoise. Else, it may ruin our health and happiness.

The monsoons can bring about various challenges, from waterlogging and floods to the risk of waterborne diseases. But it is not the villain in our story. Lack of awareness about the necessary precautions or failure to implement the same is the real risk.

So, here we are today, sharing some tips and preventive care tips that may help you ace your monsoon plans with aplomb.

Stay Informed and Plan Ahead 

Stay up-to-date with weather forecasts, warnings, and local advisories to remain well-informed about the monsoon conditions in your area. This knowledge will enable you to plan your activities accordingly and avoid venturing out during heavy downpours or high flood risks.

Prepare an emergency kit with essentials such as torchlights, batteries, non-perishable food items, first-aid supplies, and important documents, ensuring you are well-equipped to face unforeseen circumstances.

Protect Yourself from Waterborne Diseases 

Monsoons can be synonymous with waterborne diseases. Their prevalence and breakout during the monsoon are due to contaminated water sources. The safe choice could be enhanced personal hygiene.

 wash hands with soap and water

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and keep diseases at bay!

Remember to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before meals. Avoid consuming street food or raw vegetables that might have been washed in contaminated water.

Use a water purifier or boil water before drinking. It is crucial to consume only purified water. With this single habit, you can significantly reduce the risk of waterborne illnesses such as cholera, typhoid, and gastroenteritis.

Strengthen your Immunity

Physical immunity plays a pivotal role in combating any unexpected infections. However, immunity building is not an overnight magical upgradation.

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Include plenty of immunity boosting fruits in your diet

But a consistent lifestyle that includes fitness, good eating habits, calming activities, pleasant social interactions and a balanced diet together work to boost an individual’s physical and mental immunity.

Regular exercise improves blood circulation, strengthens the immune system, and helps combat seasonal blues. A healthy routine helps in building better resilience in life.

Prevent Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Water stagnation is an impending peril of the monsoons. Breeding of mosquitoes in these stagnant waters is the core reason for the spread of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, malaria, and chikungunya during the monsoon season. To protect your neighbourhood and yourself, eliminate stagnant water around your home, in open spaces and areas where mosquitoes breed, such as in flower pots, buckets, or uncovered water storage containers.

Use mosquito nets, repellents, or screens on windows and doors more liberally in this season. Wearing long-sleeved clothing and using mosquito coils or vaporisers can also be effective preventive measures.

With a reduced risk of mosquito-borne illnesses’ one can enjoy the monsoon without worry.

Ensure Safe Travel

Travel has become an inseparable part of our lives today. If you must travel during the monsoon, exercise caution and prioritise safety. Patience, vigilance and being up-to-date with weather information are a few pertinent aspects of ensuring a safe journey during the monsoon season.

If travelling by road, avoid driving through waterlogged areas as it may be difficult to judge the depth of the water, leading to accidents or vehicle breakdowns.

If you encounter a flooded road, turn back and find an alternative route. Opt for public transportation whenever possible or utilise ride-sharing services that can navigate flooded areas.

Wait for the weather to settle or arrange for alternate modes of transportation.

A little delay is better than never reaching!

Protect Your Home

Homes are also prone to damage due to the outrageous downpours of monsoons! So, ensure you gear up to face the battle of mindless monsoons. Inspect your roof, windows, and doors for any gaps or cracks that may allow rainwater to seep in—clear clogged gutters and drains to prevent water accumulation.

Ensure that your electrical systems and appliances are well-maintained to avoid electrical hazards. Investing in waterproofing measures and securing valuables in elevated areas can provide added protection.

Proactive measures can help minimise structural damages, water leakages or electrical issues.

Dress Appropriately

dress appropriately for monsoon

Keep a raincoat or umbrella handy to shield yourself from sudden showers

Dressing appropriately during the monsoon is essential to stay comfortable and prevent infections. By wearing weather-appropriate clothing and footwear, you can navigate through the monsoon season with ease and style.

Lightweight and quick-drying fabrics that do not retain moisture are ideal. Keep a raincoat or umbrella handy to shield yourself from sudden showers. Choose footwear with good traction to avoid slipping on wet surfaces.

The monsoon season brings with it an array of challenges and delights. By taking the necessary precautions, we can ensure our safety and fully enjoy the wonders of this enchanting time of year.

Let us embrace the monsoon season with preparedness and caution, making it a memorable experience while staying safe and healthy.

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