JOHANNESBURG, December 9 (ANA) – ER24, emergency service on Monday gave safety tips to residents in Gauteng on staying safe in the storms hitting the province, while cautioning that they only follow official weather updates

“Only trust warnings from verified sources and do not distribute warnings circulating on WhatsApp and other social media channels that cannot be verified. These warnings cause unnecessary panic and may cause further harm,” ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said.

“If you are caught in a heavy storm, try and find cover. Ensure that you are not in the open or near any large trees or high rising objects that might be struck by lightning. In large open spaces, you may also be at risk to be struck by lightning. Be sensible and seek cover.”

 

 

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Reduce speed on roads

Motorists were urged to reduce speed in storms and to ensure that their vehicle is roadworthy and their windscreen wipers in perfect condition.

Should you feel that you cannot continue your journey, rather stop at your closest filling station or covered area. Avoid stopping on the side of highways or under bridges.

Where an area is flooded, it is advisable to seek an alternative route and not to attempt to cross the road or surface. More than often there is debris that is not visible and the current may be stronger than what is perceived.

Trapped in vehicle?

If you are trapped in your vehicle during a flash flood, you should abandon your vehicle to try and get to higher ground. If you get swept away while in the flood waters, try to grab onto anything you can to pull yourself to safety.

Flooding at home? Unplug electronics!

If flooding occurs at your home, ensure that all your electrical devices are switched off at the main distribution board. Do not attempt to unplug or switch off electrical devices near water. Rather disconnect all main power from your main distribution board in your house. It is advisable that you know where this distribution board is situated and where the main switch is located.

Move to higher ground and inform emergency services of the situation. Remember to keep a first aid kit and always ensure you have the necessary emergency numbers at hand and someone knows the route you are traveling.

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ER24, Tshwane Fire and EMS, as well as several other services, were currently assisting the public in Centurion and surrounding areas, following heavy rains and flooding.

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Author: ANA Newswire