Most flood related deaths each year are directly attributed to people becoming trapped in their cars.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) November 23, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water and flood damage restoration services in the country, is recommending safety protocols for drivers faced with severe weather or flooding conditions. The recent events with hurricane Sandy were vivid reminders of exactly what flood waters are capable of, and driving during such scenarios is extremely hazardous. Most flood related deaths each year are directly attributed to people becoming trapped in their cars.
Ideally, there should be no driving during any type of flood condition, but this is not always possible, since people are often caught away from home at inopportune moments. There are however, steps that can be taken to heighten the level of security and safety.
Seek higher ground. Flash floods may occur with little or no warning, and can easily wash away a car or SUV. In the event of a flash flood watch or warning, vehicles should be abandoned in favor of higher ground. It only takes two feet of water to wash away a full sized vehicle.
Roads that are flooded out should be avoided. Water hides things, most notably the fact that the road may not even be there anymore. Water is easily able to break down roads and several feet of ground underneath, and what appears to be a minor flood stream may in fact be a deep flowing river. Drivers are encouraged to turn around and find a different route. If there is no alternative route, the vehicle should be abandoned in favor of higher ground.
Sometimes driving through water is unavoidable. In such cases, it is recommended to drive slowly and steadily in order to avoid creating a “bow wave”. Keep the engine revving to prevent water from getting into the exhaust, as this could cause the engine to stall.
In the event that a driver becomes trapped in their vehicle, the weight of the water will make opening the doors impossible. Windows are another option for escape, or by letting the car fill with water which will equalize the pressure and allow the doors to open.
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