FRD issues advisory on weather, travel

|     James Kon     |

DUE to the unpredictable weather conditions and the upcoming public holiday, the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) has issued an advisory.

Apart from being attentive to weather alerts, the public is also advised to observe safety precautions such as avoiding driving in heavy rain. If caught driving during bad weather, look for a safe place to stop.

Landslides tend to occur after a period of heavy rain. Those living in an area with a high risk of landslides, have an emergency plan ready and be prepared to evacuate if there are any warning signs including cracks in the ground and uprooted trees.

When driving in windy weather, slow down and be alert to falling trees or branches. Choose a safe parking spot away from trees, utility poles or high buildings.

If living in a low-lying area or close to a river, always keep posted on the weather conditions and the water levels outside the house. Always be prepared for the possibility of flooding, and place valuable items in a safe place. Avoid areas with big drainage and utility poles, and monitor the whereabouts of children.

ABOVE & BELOW: File photos show Fire and Rescue personnel cutting a fallen tree and at a site of landslide. – PHOTOS: FRD

During a thunderstorm, do not venture outdoors. If outdoor, keep away from open areas, tall trees and metal structures.

Do not go swimming in open water during rainy or windy weather, which can create strong currents. Never swim alone, especially if feeling unwell. When assisting a drowning person, use a life preserver or a life jacket.

When going on a jungle trek, avoid uphill trails during rainy weather and do not venture into the jungle after dark. If trekking in an unfamiliar area, bring along a bottle of water, a whistle and a mobile phone, in case of an emergency.

When going abroad during the public holiday period, make sure that all electrical appliances are switched off, including fans, air-conditioning, television sets and lights. Turn off the cooking gas to avoid leakage, and get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on the house.

The public are also encouraged to download the Safety Guide app provided by the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), as a basic emergency and safety directive.

For weather-related emergencies, contact the FRD at 995 or the Darussalam hotline at 123.