Where to hide during shelling and what to do

How long the shelling lasts, how to recognize it by the sound and what actions to take in such a situation – find out in the UNIAN material.

How to survive a bombardment - tips / photo UNIAN, Oleg Tereshchenko

First of all, in order to have time to respond correctly to an artillery attack, it is important to be able to recognize it. The sound of shelling is heavy, with a characteristic crackle when it hits a house, and is more muffled if the shell hits the ground. Projectiles can make a whistle, hiss, howl, a “sleeping pea” sound, or even fly silently.

Regardless of what weapon the enemy uses, you must know what to do when firing at a private house or city apartment.

Where to hide during shelling – options

If the bombing caught you in an open area, immediately fall to the ground, close your eyes, ears with your hands and open your mouth. This is necessary to avoid shell shock, and if it occurs, then do not worry – usually, hearing returns within a week. At the same time, count the seconds from the salvo to the fall of the projectile and start running for cover immediately after arrival.

The ideal shelter would be a place at the very bottom of the earth’s surface:

  • cellars;
  • bomb shelters;
  • sewer hatches;
  • funnels from previous shells;
  • ditches and trenches.

The mechanism of action of artillery shells is this: they scatter up and to the sides, so if you find yourself below the level of the affected area, then you have a better chance of staying alive.

What not to do during shelling – prohibitions

It is strongly not recommended during the bombing to hide near:

  • high walls of modern buildings;
  • windows;
  • showcases;
  • machines;
  • boxes and boxes.

All of the above places and objects are dangerous – you can be overwhelmed with concrete blocks or bricks, injured by broken glass fragments, or crushed by a pile of metal.

How to survive a bombing in an apartment or house

If you live in a private houseblock the windows with sandbags. Even if a shell falls near your dwelling, such a barricade will save you from fragments. It is also important to close the windows from the inside – you can move cabinets with books or clothes to them, and also seal the windows with adhesive tape – then they will not crumble into thousands of fragments from the blast wave.

The safest place in the apartment – interior room or bathroom. There should be no windows in this room, if there are, then make sure that they face the courtyard or the wall of another house. Bearing walls, and preferably several, are also an important point.

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People who live on the top floors of apartment buildings, do not recommend going down to the basements. Firstly, as a rule, the basements of high-rise buildings are not intended for shelter, and secondly, you will waste precious time, and if panic begins among the neighbors, you may even suffer.

The best thing you can do is lie down in the hallway, in the bathroom, or on the landing. You are unable to calculate the trajectory of the projectile – it flies to both the upper and lower floors. Try to save your life by saving time. To calm the nervespray or count to 100 – it distracts the psyche.

How long does shelling last and what to do after

Some military men claim that an artillery piece fires a maximum of a couple of hours – this is not true. People who know a lot about military operations and civilians who regularly experience bombing are sure that an attack can last all night or all day.

After the shelling ends, inspect yourself and your loved ones, especially if you were close to the affected area. It is possible that someone is injured, but because of the adrenaline did not understand it right away. Next, check the home for any fires. If you find any, call the fire department immediately.

The main thing – in no case do not touch unexploded shells with your hands – they can “work” at any moment. If you find such a “gift”, move as far as possible and call the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

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