Myths and safety tips on lightning……

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Atlanta_Lightning_Strike_edit1The below are few myths and safety tips on lightning strike. Please avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time when it strikes.

Stay Inside

The safest and most obvious place to be in a thunderstorm is indoors. If lightning strikes a house or a building directly, it will tend to follow the available paths to ground, including the electrical wiring, plumbing, cable or telephone lines, antennas and/or steel framework. When lightning hits skyscrapers, the current is diverted safely to ground. The building and its occupants are unaffected. The fact that houses and buildings have an abundance of grounding paths makes them generally safe lightning shelters, but to ensure maximum safety during a storm:

  • Don’t use any wired appliance or device. Wireless appliances (cordless phones, razors, etc) are safe to use.
  • Stay away from water pipes and faucets. (No baths, showers, etc.)
  • Don’t stand on a basement floor or patio slab, or anywhere where standing water or excessive moisture is present. These areas are ‘ground current’ danger zones.
  • Stay away from walls where electrical wiring is present. Lightning will occasionally jump through the air inside a house or building to reach a better grounding path, such as from electrical wires to a water pipe.

Structures like bus shelters, outhouses, lean-to shelters, or any small non-metal structure do not provide any lightning protection.

Head for the car

 

  • If no structural shelter is available, hard-topped automobiles offer sufficient lightning protection. Roll up the windows and don’t touch any part of the metal frame (like resting your arm on the window) or any wired device in the vehicle (including the steering wheel or plugged-in cellular phone).
  • A direct strike to your car will flow through the frame of the vehicle and usually jump over or through the tires to reach ground.
  • Most lightning incidents to cars result in one or more flat tires and damage to the electrical system, but no injury to the occupants.

If Outdoors

You are in equal danger of a lightning injury outdoors regardless of whether or not you are standing near, carrying, or wearing any metal objects.

  • Lightning is a large-scale event that is not influenced by small ojects on the ground, so distancing yourself from small metal objects will not make you safe from lightning.
  • Metal objects like umbrellas, golf clubs, bicycles and fences will attract a lightning channel only if the strike is already a few feet away – in which case you would still experience an injury from being that close to begin with.
  • Jewelry, spiked shoes, watches or hair berets will do nothing to influence a lightning strike’s ground termination. However, if you are hit directly, lightning will usually flow through any metal objects on your person, superheating (even vaporizing) them and causing burns.
  • If you are caught outside, stay away from tall, isolated objects like trees, flagpoles, or posts. Remember that, contrary to the myth, lightning doesn’t always strike the tallest or most conductive object – it can strike anywhere.
  • Stay away from shorelines, railroad tracks, and metal fences which could bring current from a ‘far-away’ lightning strike to you.
  • Although still not as safe as being indoors, dense woods provide a little protection due to the large number of trees that decrease the chance of lightning strike to a tree next to you. However in this (and any) case, don’t stand close to any of the trees.

Lightning Warning Signs

 

In addition to the obvious warning of an ominously darkening sky, there are certain conditions that can alert you to a lightning danger before the strikes threaten. You are in a ‘danger zone’ and need to seek immediate shelter if you experience any of the following:

  • Raindrops or hail: Rain of any intensity (but more so with heavy rain) may signal the presence of a thunderstorm cloud directly overhead, even if it has not yet produced any lightning or thunder. Large, ‘fat’ raindrops are ominous, telltale signs of a towering cloud that has the potential to produce a lightning strike at any second.
  • Audible thunder or visible flashes: If you can see lightning or hear thunder at all, you are within range of the next strike.
  • Large, towering clouds: Cumulonimbus (thunderstorm) clouds can develop rapidly overhead, even among pleasant-looking skies, sometimes leaving no ‘dark sky’ appearance that often otherwise precedes a thunderstorm.
  • Static on an AM radio: Distinctive crackling and popping sounds on an AM radio indicate that lightning is occuring in your area.
  • Lightning Detector Alarms: Several handheld lightning detectors are on the market that sound an alarm when lightning occurs within a set distance. If your job or pasttime involves large amounts of time outdoors, a portable lightning detector could be a good investment.

A close or direct lightning strike will sometimes give you a short warning a few seconds before the event, usually in the form of:

  • A soft or loud buzzing, clicking, hissing or cracking sound.
  • A tingling sensation
  • Hairs on the arm or head standing on end
  • Nearby metal objects emitting a soft, blue-white glow called ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’

These signs indicate a direct strike may occur within seconds. In most cases, you will not have time to react. However, if you are unable to reach shelter and you experience any of these signs, or if you otherwise feel that you are in immediate danger, assume the following position quickly: Move your feet close together, crouch down, and grab your ankles. Tuck your head down as far as you can. Don’t lie flat on the ground.

  • A lightning victim is safe to touch, in other words, they do not retain any ‘electrical charge’ from the strike.
  • Typically a lightning strike will cause cardiac and/or repiratory arrest that can be corrected by proper resuscitation (CPR). Many lightning-related deaths occur when the victim does not receive the proper medical attention.
  • A lightning strike can seriously alter your life as you know it. In other words, go with your best bet: Play it safe.
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Safe Summer Vacation – Time for fun in the sun and family……

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Tips for Home safety:

Before you leave for your summer vacation, you need to do what you can to make sure your home and belongings are protected while you are gone.

  1. Stop your mail and newspaper delivery: If your letterbox is overflowing while you are away, criminals will be alerted that you aren’t home. In such case, contact the post office to temporarily suspend delivery. Do the same with your newspaper.
  2. Keep quiet: You don’t need to broadcast to everyone (especially on sites like Facebook) that you are going to be away. You never know who is going to be reading or listening. Instead, tell a few select people in your neighborhood so that they can keep an eye on your house.
  3. Fake them out: Set up an electrical timer to turn lights and TVs on at various time to fool potential intruders into thinking you are at home. Set the timer to reflect your normal routine.
  4. Consider shutting off gas and water: If you are going to be gone an extended period of time, consider shutting off your utilities to avoid potential flooding, fire or gas leaks.

Tips for Travel safety:

  1. Turn up your wheels: Low air pressure combined with heat could lead to dangerous tire blow out. Check your wheels before hitting the road.
  2. Buckle up: Wear seat belt. Use books, toys, DVDs, and video games to keep the children occupied and driver focused. Keep the children 12 and under in the back seat which is safest.
  3. Don’t make yourself a target for thieves and pickpockets: Leave your jewelry and other expensive belongings locked up at home. If you are in crowded, unfamiliar areas, keep your money in a money belt rather than in your purse.
  4. Bring along an updated photo of each child: This would help in case you become separated from them. Talk with your family about who to call and what to do in case they get lost or another emergency arises while you are on vacation.
  5. If traveling by car: Keep an emergency road kit in the trunk with jumper cables, flares and other necessities. Also take along a first aid kit, bottled water and nonperishable foods.
  6. Protect from sun: Bring plenty of sunscreen, floppy hats and UV-resistant clothing. Sunglasses are also a must. Remember to reapply sunscreen every two to three hours or whenever you get out of the water.
  7. Understand local wildlife: Are there snakes indigenous to your area? What about fledglings? Know what is active in the summer near you.
  8. Teach kids how to greet dogs: Your neighborhood dogs are probably out enjoying the weather too. Make sure your kids know how to greet dogs- from the side instead of the front, never reach for their heads and never, ever greet an unfamiliar dog without an adult present.
  9. Be Safe in Water: Teach your kids to swim at home before you leave on vacation. Young children should always have swim vests not floaties. And you should always be in the water with your children, not sitting on the deck or sand. Remember to stay just an arm’s length away. It takes just a few seconds for a child to begin to drown.

Bore well water – Use it Safely

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Bore water is groundwater that has been accessed by drilling a bore into underground water storages called aquifers. Aquifers may contain chemicals and micro-organisms that are potentially harmful.

Bore water as such should never be used for drinking, cooking, watering edible plants or filling up swimming pools unless it has been tested by a specialist laboratory.

It should be tested for the following parameters of concern:

1. E. coli (as an indicator of faecal contamination)

2. Fluoride

3. Nitrate

4. Arsenic

5. Volatile organic compounds (at low detection limits)

6. Metals (antimony, barium, boron, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, sulphate, uranium).

It is also advisable to test for total dissolved solids (salinity) if the water is intended for drinking.

Based on taste, dissolved solids in drinking water should not exceed 500 mg/L (although levels up to 1000 mg/L may be tolerated by some).

Bore water quality may change over time. Therefore, after the initial analysis the bore water should be checked every 2-3 years and monitored for any undesirable changes in water quality.

Keep septic tanks well maintained and don’t discharge septic waste within 50 metres of the bore.

Avoid chemical spills or excessive use of chemicals such as fertilizers.

Seal the bore to prevent surface water or shallow ground water from contaminating the ground water.

Use backflow prevention devices to avoid contamination as bore water that becomes polluted can be difficult and expensive to treat.

Be Safe…

Don’t Shave me Mom and Dad…. It is too bad….

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shavingWhy????……What do we contribute to you????

1. One acre of our progeny absorbs amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 41,843 Km/year. We also absorb pollutant gases harmful to you (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone).

2. One acre of our progeny provides enough oxygen for 18 people/year.

  1. Three of us placed strategically around a single-family home can cut summer air conditioning needs by up to 50 percent. By reducing the energy demand for cooling your houses, we reduce carbon dioxide and other pollution emissions from power plants.

4. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in children in some part of globe due to ultra-violet rays (UV-B ) exposure. We shield your lovely children in school campuses and playgrounds – where children spend hours outdoors.

5. We provide fruit for your healthy life and food and shelter for birds and wildlife.

6. We are expert in therapy. The patients who view us out their windows heal faster and with fewer complications. The exposure to us aids concentration by reducing mental fatigue.

7. We are teachers and playmates. Whether as houses for children or creative and spiritual inspiration for adults, we have provided the space for human retreat throughout the ages.

8. We increase your property values by adding the beauty of a well-planted property and its surrounding street and neighborhood can raise property values by as much as 15 percent.

What can you do for us????

  1. Abandon the practice of using paper products to clean. Instead of using roll after roll of paper towels, consider switching to washable rags. Use a handkerchief instead of tissues. Pack a cloth napkin in your child’s lunch.

2. Don’t use brown paper bags for lunches. Use something nifty and awesome like these eco-friendly stainless steel lunch boxes.

3. It’s estimated that nearly 30 million trees are cleared each year solely for the purpose of printing newspapers. Read online versions of newspapers whenever possible and limit your hard copies to special editions.

4. Avoid taking print of available balance receipt during ATM transaction.

5. Volunteer for a day of tree planting in your town. Keep planting trees until one of them takes root. Donate to non-profit organization that have low overhead and use the money to plant trees.

6. Construct a new home using environmentally friendly building methods. Traditional home construction designs use an unnecessary amount of trees.

7. Configure your printers and copy machines to print on both sides of a page it would cut your paper consumption in half.

8. The packed beef used to supply for many restaurants and grocery stores comes from tropical rain forests that have been cleared so that cattle herds can graze. Limit the consumption of beef for special occasion and consider eating more fish, chicken or vegetarian dishes.

Let us follow ”LIVE and LET LIVE” principle and make this planet more beautiful and safe place to live for generations to come……

Lovely Sis………for the sake of your love only……

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Dear lovely Sis……..,

Yesterday your final exam was over…. and …… you are going to your hometown today………………

Mom, Dad and Naughty Younger Brother……… have already reached at an airport to take you into their warm hug………

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Don’t take such unwise step………..Life is Soooo…… Beautiful….Enjoy it with your loved one…..

Yours Always

Lovely Brother