The rainy season has been especially intense this year, as a series of storms has descended on Bakersfield and delivered more than six inches of rain so far. The National Weather Service reported that Bakersfield broke a 45-year record in February, and more rain is in store as spring continues. As one of the most established security companies in Bakersfield, we have seen the area through many weather patterns. We know firsthand that excessive rains can uncover security risks or hazards people haven’t thought of. Here are rainy weather safety hazards to consider, and how you can help protect yourself and your loved ones.
Vehicle Accidents in Rainy Weather
The Department of Transportation reports that the vast majority of most weather-related crashes happen on wet pavement and during rainfall (70% on wet pavement and 46% during rainfall). The 10-year average of wet pavement crashes is 860,286 crashes per year, with more than 4,000 people killed in those crashes annually.
Locally, there are traffic intersections that pose a higher risk of vehicle collisions. Data compiled by the University of California at Berkeley shows that the most dangerous intersection in Bakersfield is Ming Avenue and New Stine Road, where 40 crashes have taken place over the past 10 years. Second to that is Gosford Road and Ming Avenue (37 crashes), and third is Real Road and Wilson Road (35 crashes).
To reduce your risk of an accident in rainy weather:
- Drive slowly, staying at or below the posted speed limit.
- Drive sober, without the impairment of alcohol or other substances.
- Drive screen-free, staying off your cell phone until safely parked.
Personal Falls in Rainy Weather
Falling is a hazard most often associated with the elderly, but people of all ages are vulnerable to personal falls in rainy weather.
Trips and falls can happen very quickly when wet pavement and slippery floors are underfoot.
To reduce your risk of a fall-related injury in rainy weather:
- Wear proper, slip-resistant footwear before going outside.
- Wipe feet thoroughly on a mat before entering a building from the rain.
- Walk slowly carefully, using any handrails that may be present. Don’t run in the rain.
When possible, you can also reduce your risk of a rain-related accident or injury by staying home in rainy weather. If your alarm panel features a weather feed, pay attention to rainy weather warnings and make plans accordingly. To learn about a security system that contains this feature, call one of the most knowledgeable security companies in Bakersfield: Secure Systems. We will be happy to assist you.
About Secure Systems
Secure Systems is a Bakersfield alarm company that installs alarms for homes and businesses. We also install residential camera systems and business camera systems, commercial and residential fire alarm systems, wireless monitoring, remote access alarm systems, access control and door buzzers in Bakersfield and Kern County. Call us today at (661) 220-5354.
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