I already lost a router to the recent lightening storms we are experiencing which means no wireless for me till I get a new Broad Band connection sorted out. Thank goodness my loss did not involve life or limb unlike some of my fellow countrymen. I heard ten of them had died due to lightening so far.I got this email which I thought I should share with everyone just in case… after all it is better to be safe than sorry.
TIPS FOR OPTIMUM LIFE PROTECTION DURING LIGHTENING !!!
* If the time gap between the lightening flash AND the thunderbolt is
less than 15 seconds, you are in the danger zone. If you can hear the
thunder you are in the striking distance.The lightning can strike as far as
16 kms (10miles) away from the raining zone.
* Keep away from any connectivity with water. Avoid bathing, cloths
washing, dish washing etc.
* Wipe and dry up your body as quickly as possible.
* Avoid wearing wet cloths.
* Try to be inside a properly enclosed building.
* If at home, the most secured position is lying on the bed not
touching any walls. Restrict your body expand only to the rubber mattress.
* Avoid being closer to windows, doors, car porches, cloth lines,
metal fences, metal shelters, transformers, switch boards and telephones.
* Move away from groups of people.
* Avoid leveled outdoor open spaces. Cease all outdoor activities.
* Avoid being on top (???? I thought someone always had to be on top oops pardon my dirty mind) or near hill tops, roof tops and tower tops.
* Avoid being in or near water swimming pools, rivers, streams or
* Never use any phones mobile or land. Disconnect the phone wires.
* Do not use or be near the refrigerator.
* Disconnect TV antenna wire and place it outside through a window.
* Avoid using computer or other electric / electronic appliances.
* Disconnect all coded electrical connections. Stop battery charging.
* Ensure that the earth wire resistance does not exceed 10ohm/meters.
* Take pets inside the building. Leave their metal chains outside.
* Avoid using umbrellas and other objects with metallic components.
* Avoid riding bikes, motor bikes, horses and open roof vehicles
* Switch off car stereos. Close the shutters and doors when driving
during lightening. As much as possible, do not touch metal parts. Avoid
driving in leveled open spaces. Park in basements at all possible
* Avoid taking shelter under tall trees. Squat down to lower your
* In the night lightening times, consider disconnecting main power
from the MCB and try to depend on candle light during the danger period.
(Data Courtesy National Disaster Management Center)