It is the rainy season and living with it, working with it comes with its own peculiarities.
Being caught in a downpour without an umbrella, or a raincoat leaves you soaking wet.
These are some tips for living through the rainy days.
- Prepare for the season.
It can rain at any time with no telling where or for how long, so why not prepare for such eventualities? Even weather forecasts are just what they are, forecasts and guides!
Invest in durable and portable rain gear such as raincoats with hoods, umbrellas, ain caps (a shower cap can improvise for ladies) and rain boots or rubber shoes/ covers.
- Check your location, home or place of business.
They say water finds its level, rainwater does the same. Check your roof for leaks, clear out drainages around you (especially if they are blocked), ensure water flow points like roof drainpipes and gutters are clear and able to drain water easily.
- Safeguard your health during the season.
Along with rain comes its own health concerns; cold, catarrh, waterborne diseases, diarrhoea or malaria from mosquitoes.
Rain forms puddles or stagnant water where mosquitoes breed. Hence, preventive measures such as the installation of mosquito nets, mosquito coils or sprays and mosquito repellent creams, will help prevent the eventuality of malaria as a resultant effect of the mosquito bites.
- Drive with caution.
The first rain after long periods of dryness makes roads incredibly slippery, since it brings oil and grease to the surface. Combine that with rushing water in the case of flash flooding, and it becomes a recipe for disaster.
It goes without saying that you should also get your car ready for the rains. Check your tyres, check wipers and your car electrical system, as driving in rain puts a lot of strain on the alternator and battery.
- Be aware of the hazards of the season.
When nature strikes, it is usually not pleasant and during the rainy season, we sometimes experience flash floods, thunder strikes and other dangers occasioned by the weather. Be cautious and watchful, remembering to always safeguard yourself against the elements.
- Check the weather before setting out.
No one can predict the weather, but science can make some rather good guesses. Check with the weatherman or use one of the plethora of weather apps to have an idea of what the weather would be where you are, and where you are going to.
- Make the most of staying indoors.
As much as we would love to go out, when it rains the best place to be is indoors- so make the best of it.
Dust off the board games, get out the kettle for some tea especially with friends around, movies would be a good idea. The world of your apartment is your oyster – get creative.
You can also take advantage of the variety of products and services from FirstBank while indoors. Order a snack for two online or pay for some movie streaming services. With our mobile banking services and money transfer agents, you can do a lot without getting soaked. Just visit www.firstbanknigeria.com and click on a world of convenient service at your fingertips.