Lightning awareness to reach 7 lakh households

Thursday, Jun 18, 2015,21:57 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | A mass awareness program on lightning hazards in Kerala and ways to protect lives and property from it will be conducted by Lightning Awareness and Research Centre (LARC) in association with the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE).
This is for the first time that an event of such massive scale is conducted in the State, on lightning protection.
The program will cover 700 schools in all the 14 districts in Kerala. 50 teachers and 150 students from each district will be educated during the program.
The message is targeted to reach 7 lakh households across the State, through school children.
The workshop will educate the participants on basic lightning science, protective measures that can be adopted by people to guard themselves against lightning accidents, protection of electrical and electronic equipments etc.
The awareness programs will be completed in 2 phases, across Kerala. 7 districts will be covered in the first phase in the next 3 months and the remaining 7 districts will be covered in the following 6 months Dr M.K Muneer Minister of Social Welfare will inaugurate the workshop in Kozhikode on June 20.
The second session will be conducted in Wayanad, one of the most lighting-prone districts in the State. Documentary CDs, awareness books and posters will also be distributed during the program, in association with the National Green Corps.
Dr. V. Sasi Kumar and Dr. S. Murali Das, former Scientists in the Atmospheric Sciences Division, Centre for Earth Science Studies along with engineers Ashwin Chand and Sujith. S. Kumar will address the sessions.
LARC, the lightning awareness division under the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) aims to be a single point source in India for all information and assistance for the public and policy makers on issues related to lightning and to conduct research and case studies. LARC also provides free telephonic consultation on lightning related matters to the public.
In May 2015 LARC conducted a site study at Vagamon, (a place prone to many lightning accidents) under instructions from the district revenue authorities, and suggested way out to prevent lightning accidents in the area, in future.